Have you ever been struck by God's Sovereign use of history?...How He used rulers and events...political climates? For example, that a census would be taken at just the right time...so that not only would Mary and Joseph be in Bethlehem, to fulfill Micah 5:2, but at the exact time the baby would be born!? And, we all know that babies aren't predictable. Well, unless you're God that is.
Our Pastor shared some interesting Historical facts with us Sunday. Things that pointed to God's use of world events in HIS story...and although I knew some of these points of history I'd never placed it around Christ's birth.
You know in Luke 2 where it talks about "Caesar Augustus said all the world should be registered"...well, turns out that his full name was Gaius Octavian..the nephew and eventually adopted "son" of Julius Caesar. AND...Octavian's sister, Atia, was married to Marc Antony....who cheated on her with Cleopatra.
As any good brother would, he took him to war (well, it probably had more to do with Marc cutting off the grain from Egypt)...and Octavian won (they committed suicide remember)...and he gained major control of Rome...and ruled over them during a peaceful and stable period. He oversaw the building of the Roman roads, etc. Which not only established for Mary and Joseph an easy access to refuge in Egypt from Herod but also...put road structure in perfect shape and location to spread the gospel when the disciples went out to share the good news with all the world. Neato, eh?
I think what really stuck with me as I put together ALL this information...is that God is BIG and has no trouble keeping track of, or taking care of, His own.
His plans will be fulfilled. He always keeps His promises. History, and everything in it, is HIS!