THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
(We had a GREAT vacation!
Thanks for all your prayers!)
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 shot 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."
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.
While Jacob and his family continued their travels, they came to a town called "Ephrath," which was later named Bethlehem.
It is really interesting to note that, 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."
Markers are interesting in history, and they are significant because they tell movement.
Bethlehem is also the birth place of our Savior.
He is known both as "the man of sorrows," and as "the Son of the right hand."
He is both suffering Savior, and Lord of all!
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's very significant that "The Good Shepherd" would be born there!
But 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!!
Isaiah 43:11 says (speaking of Jehovah), "I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour."
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!