Bethlehem. The house of fighers? Read on.
Matthew 2:1 says this, “Jesus was born in Bethlehem near Jerusalem during the reign of King Herod. After Jesus’ birth a group of spiritual priests from the east came to Jerusalem and inquired of the people, “Where is the child who is born King of the Jewish people? We observed his start rising in the sky and we’ve come to bow before him in worship.”
Bethlehem means “house of bread” the prophesied birthplace of Messiah. However, the Hebrew word lehem can also mean “fighters.” Jesus was born in the “House of Fighters!” This is the city of David, one of the greatest fighters in the entire Bible. Perhaps this is why the people of Jesus’ day expected Him to fight the Romans and free their land from foreign occupation. Jesus fulfilled both aspects of the meaning of Bethlehem in Gethsemane and on the cross, where he fought the “Goliath” of our souls and won, becoming Bread for the world. God controls all events, proven by the prophecy that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem even though his parents were living in Nazereth.
Kind of an incredible passage.
Jesus born in the House of Fighters comes to fight for our souls, our hearts, our sin. He fights our pain, our hurt, our stress, our anxiety, our injustice, our hurt. All of it.
Today. He fights for you.