“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)
This passage is quoted by believers in the pre-existence of Jesus the Christ with a good deal of assurance that here, at least, is one Scripture testimony in support. Were the supposed fact a logical possibility in conformity with natural law, the verse taken by itself as it stands in the Authorized Version might with some degree of reason be used in its behalf. As, however, we have elsewhere demonstrated both Scripturally and factually that it is contrary to possible realization, other explanation of what is considered to be difficult of understanding must be sought.
The history of Bethlehem as given in Scripture has much of interest, and records concerning it are to be found in the earliest records of Israel’s past. It is more than once spoken of under the name of Ephratah.
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Author: R. H. Judd
Keywords: Bethlehem, Bethlehem Ephratah, preexistence of Jesus, preexistence of Christ, Christ's preexistence, Jesus preexistence, pre-existence of Jesus, pre-existence of Christ, Christ's pre-existence, Jesus pre-existence, pre-existed, preexisted, Jesus preexisted, Jesus pre-existed, Christ preexisted, Christ pre-existed
Bible reference(s): Micah 5:2, Mat 2:6
Source: One God: God of the Ages (Oregon, IL: Restitution Herald, 1949).
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