Journeys to Bethlehem – Advent 2021

 

 In Advent 2021 we discover travellers to Bethlehem through time. From the Old Testament to present day. Alongside Mary and Joseph, and finally the Wise Men from the East. 

A series of four Advent study sessions with friends and colleagues about the importance of travellers to Bethlehem.

It can be used as a tool for discussion or starting points for further study.

All resources are downloadable.

Week 1 Travellers from the Old Testament

A picture of Bedouin fields in 2020

Bedouin fields in 2020

Bethlehem is the City of David and the birthplace of Jesus. It is approximately six miles
from Jerusalem. The road to Bethlehem travels through the  wilderness and semi desert.
In Old Testament times Bethlehem was renowned as the City of David, where David was anointed as King of Israel by the prophet Samuel. (1Samuel 16: 1-13.)

Travellers in the Old Testament include Rachel, Ruth with a prophesy by Micah.

Bethlehem is the City of David and the birthplace of Jesus. It is approximately six miles
from Jerusalem, although the borders today are very close. The road to Bethlehem travels
through parts of wilderness and semi desert. In Old Testament times Bethlehem was renowned as the City of David, and it was in Bethlehem that David was anointed to be King of Israel by the prophet Samuel. (1Samuel 16: 1-13).

Bethlehem has always been a meeting place where different peoples and cultures
congregate on their journeys as it was on a main caravan and nomadic trading route from
across the Negev desert. We are looking at three readings from the Old Testament and have a snapshot of the stories and people at those times. It will show how important Bethlehem always was in God’s plans.

Genesis 35: 19,20 Rachel wife of Jacob died and was buried on the way to Bethlehem.
Ruth 1:1,2 and 16,17 Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, where Ruth marries Boaz and
from them the descendants are traced directly to King David.
Micah 5:2-5 The prophet Micah prophesise that the Messiah will come from Bethlehem.

Download a copy of the notes here

Notes and images by Rev’d Sue Martin December 2021

Sing the Calypso Carol and bring the joy of Bethlehem to your home from HIMaachen