Next week we celebrate our saviors birth!!!

What a glorious announcement God made through Micah more than 700 years BEFORE Jesus’ birth!! Through Micah, God prophesied exactly where our Savior would be born. Mary and Joseph were both of the line of David, yet Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth as Mary was about to deliver! Was Micah’s prophesy in danger?

Oh how we so easily forget that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE for God.

Taxes. We all hate taxes, income tax, sales tax, excise tax, luxury tax and most of all the uncompassionate, squeezing-every-penny-out-of-us tax man who cares nothing about us and whether we can feed our children – only that “he gets every penny he feels is due”.

God used taxes to bring about one more fulfillment of His glorious promises of a savior to redeem mankind. Caesar wants his taxes. A decree of Caesar causes Joseph to take his wife in her 9th month of pregnancy on a trip of approximately 70 miles. This is not something most husbands would do in a time before autos, trains and public transportation. But the tax man left him no options. So he and Mary are forced to trek to Josephs ancestral home (since he’s a descendant of David, who was born in Bethlehem, near Jerusalem). Just as they arrive (remember they are still looking for a place to stay) Mary says to Joseph, “It’s time”.

But wait, just in case someone thinks it’s all coincidence when the prophet Micah said:
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2 NIV

Did you know there were TWO Bethlehem’s in Israel during Jesus time? One was near Jerusalem, the other in Galilee. Of course, Joseph could not register for the tax in the Galilean Bethlehem since he was of the tribe of Judah, the line of David. It would have made life easier. God used the prophet Micah to specify that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah. Ephrathah means “fruitful” but more than that it distinguishes which Bethlehem the prophet spoke of.

God is a God of precision.
God is a God who validates His word so there is no doubt it is His word.

These details show us a few things:
1. God is the one who orchestrates history for His purposes
2. Nothing is impossible for God
3. ..and more than that – God trumps the tax man

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One Response to “God Trumps the Tax Man”

  1. Jim Boyle Says:

    I believe we crossed paths during turnovers. I was an FTB on the Blue crew. 1st patrol was 58. I was trying to remember the names of the guys on your crew. I remember a Dave, a Bob, another young guy about my age. Seems like your crew had some tragedies. Hope all is well.

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