THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
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."
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.
The Bible is not a history book, it is HIS STORY!
Reading the Scripture for today (above) we find some VERY interesting facts!!
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 through her labor.
Now the story even gets MORE interesting when Jacob renames the boy "Benjamin," which means "son of the right hand."
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."
Be sure to note here in Genesis, that God is ALREADY moving toward the revelation that:
the Jehovah of the Old Testament is the JESUS of the New Testament!
The Bible connects history with HIS STORY to be:
“The revelation of Jesus Christ....” (Rev. 1:1)