Originally Posted by The Anointed
The Bethlehem in the land of Judah, did not exist in the 17th century when Jacob and his family were living in the land of Shechem, the Bethlehem where Benjamin was born, was the Bethlehem in the land that would later be allocated to the tribe of Zebulun.
Isaiah 9: The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was once disgraced, but the future will bring honour to this region, from the Mediterranean eastwards to the land on the other side of the Jordan, and even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them.
You have given them great joy, LORD; you have made them happy. They rejoice in what you have done, as people rejoice when they harvest their corn or when they divide captured wealth.
For you have broken the yoke that burdened them and the rod that beat their shoulders.
You have defeated the nation that oppressed and exploited your people, just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago. The boots of the invading army and all their bloodstained clothing will be destroyed by fire. A child is born to us! A son is given to us!
And he will be our ruler. He will be called, “Wonderful Counsellor”, “Mighty God”, “Eternal Father”, “Prince of Peace”.
His royal power will continue to grow; his kingdom will always be at peace. He will rule as King David's successor, basing his power on right and justice, from now until the end of time.
The LORD Almighty is determined to do all this.
Deuteronomy 33: 12; About the tribe of Benjamin he said: “This is the tribe the LORD loves and protects; He guards them all the day long, And he dwells in their midst.”
Psalms 68: 24-27; O God, your march of triumph is seen by all, the procession of God, my king, into his sanctuary.
The singers are in front, the musicians are behind, in between are the young women beating the tambourines.
“Praise God in the meeting of his people; praise the LORD, all you descendants of Jacob!”
First comes Benjamin, the smallest tribe, then the leaders of Judah with their group, followed by the leaders of Zebulun and Naphtali.
Knowing that Benjamin, was the only one of the 12 sons of Israel to have been born near Bethlehem in the land that would be allocated to Zebulun, who do you think that Isaiah is referring to in that passage?