O Little Town of Bethlehem

Genesis 35:16-19

  • Rachel dies in labour in Bethlehem. Bethlehem is a place of bitterness for Jacob and Rachel because of Rachel’s death during labour.
  • She calls Benjamin Benammi which means son of God.

Ruth 1:22, 2:4

  • Boaz, the kinsmen redeemer, is from Bethlehem.
  • Ruth 4:18-22

1 Samuel 20:6 David’s city

Jeremiah 31:15 prophecy of weeping, but the day of joy is coming with a return to the land.

Micah 5:2 prophecy of a ruler coming out of Bethlehem

Matthew 2:4-5, 16-18 Herod brings about the weeping in Ramah at the birth of Christ.

Luke 2:1-4 Taxing brings Joseph back to Bethlehem