December 15th, 2016
A Taxing Trip
Luke 2:4-5 (KJB) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
The Roman government had decreed taxes were to be paid! This tax assessment was levied according to the man’s genealogy on record. Joseph and Mary as well was born in the lineage of King David and was expected to arrive in Bethlehem to pay their taxes.
A person’s line of inheritance, especially for males, was important in ancient biblical time.
According to the census taken each man was expected to present himself in person to the appointed place for paying his taxes. David was called to come to Bethlehem from Nazareth where he and Mary had settled making it their hometown perhaps because it was near Elizabeth a relative of Mary who was also with child and was to bear a son called John the Baptist according to a supernatural visit from an angel.
This taxing journey was prophesied about beforehand in the book of Isaiah.
The miraculous births of both John the Baptist and of Jesus, and the sacrificial death of Jesus yet to take place in these ancient biblical times were all prophesied about and fit perfectly together bringing about God’s specific plan.