Pt 3 From Nazareth to Bethlehem


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Part 3: From Nazareth to Bethlehem

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The Census Joseph and Mary lived under oppression of Romans This explains how Jesus came to be born in Bethlehem instead of Nazareth 9-10 day walk when Mary was 13-14 years old and 9 months pregnant – why would they do that?

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The Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem 9-10 days walk through rough and mostly desert terrain Probably, Mary had a donkey to ride Two possible routes – one through Samaria and one not (up to 30 miles further) The most compelling way was the shortest – the “Way of the Patriarchs”

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Luke 2:6-7 (NIV) While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

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“Guest Room?” Kataluma or Katalyma Only used twice in NT “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ - Luke 22:9-11

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No Room at the “Inn?” “Kataluma” – guest room or upper room

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Unexpected, Unchosen, and Unwanted Journeys Mary and Joseph did not choose and probably did not enjoy much of the journey they traveled. Bible is full of these “unwanted journeys” These journeys tell the stories of where hope comes from What journey are you being asked to place your hope in God right now?

Summary: December 17, 2017 - Pine Island United Methodist Church - Bokeelia, Florida

Tags: jesus christmas nazareth bethlehem faith