Originally posted by Mathurine
I am puzzled. In my youth I was taught that Mary went with Joseph to register for the census in Jerusalem. How come, then, the babe was born in Bethlehem? The map indicates that a journey beginning in Nazareth passes through Jerusalem before reaching Bethlehem. (Nazareth is north of Jerusalem. Bethlehem lies to the south of Jerusalem.) We are told the babe ...[text shortened]... s the Birth in Bethlehem story simply a myth invented later to bolster up a developing theology?
It seems to me the whole thing was made up in order to fulfil not one, but two OT prophesies.
As you know, Luke states (2:1-7) that Jesus was born in the birthplace of David. David was the greatest king of Israel, and according to 2 Samuel 7:16 it is known that God had promised him almost a thousand years earlier than Jesus’ birth the following:
-- "Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:16).
In addition there is another prophecy mentioned at Micah 5:2, and it goes like this:
-- “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of ancient times”.
Therefore the Jews were expecting David's successor, the so called "Messiah the Son of David".
So in my opinion Lukas tried to imply that Jesus, the “Son of David”, was indeed the promised King and that, since Joseph was “of the house and lineage of David”, he was born in Bethlehem according to a divine plan;