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Historian Arnold Toynbee, at age eighty, was asked about
being immortal.

He said, "When I catch myself resenting NOT being immortal,
I pull myself up short by asking whether I should really like
the prospect of having to make out an annual income tax return
for an infinite number of years!"

Gen 35:16-21
16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little
way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had
hard labour.
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the
midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing,
(for she died) that she called his name Ben-oni:
but his father called him Benjamin.
19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath,
which is Bethlehem.
20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar
of Rachel's grave unto this day.
21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the
tower of Edar.

LIGHT from the WORD.

Biblical history is very interesting.
In many places throughout the Old Testament, prophecies
concerning Messiah (Savior) are shown.

Jacob and his family continued their travels, they came to a
town called "Ephrath," which was later named Bethlehem.
Bethlehem is also the birth place of our Savior!

Here, Rachel gave birth to her second son and named him
"Ben-oni," which means "man of sorrows."
She probably named him that because of her own sorrow.
She had labored so hard to deliver him, that now she would die.

Now the story even gets MORE interesting when Jacob renames
the boy "Benjamin," which means "son of the right hand."

Verse 21 tells us Jacob "spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar."
Edar was a shepherd's tower near Bethlehem.
The town of Bethlehem and the surrounding area is known as
"the sheperd's town."

It is no less significant that this "man of sorrows," the
"Son of the right hand," and the "Good Shepherd"
is none other than God Himself!!
It's very significant that "The Good Shepherd" would be born there!

The Bible is not a history book, it is HIS STORY!

The immortal God was born a mortal man so
He could pay for our sins in His own blood!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce