by Donald Cantrell

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Bethlehem's Babe - The Savior's Song (1 of 5)
Series: Christmas
Donald Cantrell
Micah 5:2

Mic 5:2 KJV - 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.

I - The Frivolous Humility of Bethlehem
''Minimum Might''

Bethlehem's Name and Identity
1 - Its Distinction
2 - Its Definition

Bethlehem's Novelty and Inadequacy
1 - Small in Size and Population
2 - Silent in Significance and Popularity

II - The Famous History of Bethlehem
''Marvelous Moments''
Past Prominence

1 - Rachel was Buried there (Gen. 35: 19)
2 - Ruth was Redeemed there (Ruth 4: 10 - 11)
3 - David was Anointed there (I Sam. 16: 1, 13)
4 - David was Honored there (II Sam. 23: 14 - 17)

Prophetic Privileges

1 - Pronounced Seed of Divinity
''Heavens Hero''
2 - Proclaimed Seat of Royalty

''Earth's Emancipator''

III - The Fabulous Honor of Bethlehem
''Majestic Majesty''
The Traits of that Little Baby Boy
The Treasure of that Little Baby Boy
The Timing of that Little Baby Boy
The Triumph of that Little Baby Boy


It was the year of 1865 and after traveling on horseback from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, an American preacher attended a 5 hour Christmas Eve celebration service. It was just a small distance from the very fields where the shepherds have experienced an angelic visitation.

The preacher was Phillip Brooks one of America's most notable ministers during his age. The church had given him a sabbatical, so Brooks went on a trip to the Holy Land. The events of this celebration service would allow him to be etched in Christian history for ages to come.

Time had passed and three years later Brooks wanted to write a song for his children's choir. Upon reflecting of his experience at the Church of the Nativity, he penned the wondrous lyrics to ''O Little Town of Bethl ...

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