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I’m sure that you’ve seen this or something similar by now.  I am not going to get into how it violates the second commandment but I am going to get into how this isn’t how to get sympathy for refugees middle-eastern or otherwise.

The implied statement is that Mary and Joseph were refugees of some kind.  But the facts don’t bear that out.

Fact one:  Mary and Joseph were still in their native land. They went from Nazareth to Bethlehem (Luke 2:4) both towns in Israel.

Fact two:  They were obeying the law.  Caesar Augustus had ordered a census of the entire Roman Empire and in obedience to the law they went where they were to be registered based on their lineage.  (Luke 2:1-3)

Fact three:  Because of the census all available rooms were taken.  This is like the entire city of Seattle Washington, population 668,342, decided to rent all the available space in Almira Washington, population 273.  Needless to say for a pregnant woman to find a room in a city that full would be near impossible so if anything having a barn, was a blessing.  (Luke 2:7)

Fact four:  At some point in time probably after the census, and some say up to two years after his birth, Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house. (Matthew 2:11).

So lets look at the facts.  One they were in their own country, two they were obeying the law of the land, three the lack of room was caused by a temporary influx of a great amount of people into a small town.  And four ultimately some time after the birth Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were living in a house in Bethlehem.

And lastly the story of the birth of Jesus is about Jesus.  It isn’t about refugees, it isn’t about haters, and it isn’t about setting up nativity scenes it is about the God-man.  How the Son of God became incarnate and lived  a sinless life and took the wrath of God upon Himself instead of us.

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,  because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”   Acts 17:30-31

 

 

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