Jesse Tree – Day 17: Bethlehem

For today (or yesterday, really… I am still a little late!), we get to deal with another prophecy! Which means that I get to delve into some more New Testament artworks, which makes me happy.

Mind you! I love displaying the Old Testament artworks. They are so diverse and they remind me of biblical stories that I might have forgotten. Yet, at the same time, I have to admit… it’s lovely to focus on Jesus. πŸ™‚

But first! A quick reminder: TOMORROW I WILL BE CLOSING UP MY SHOP FOR AN INDETERMINATE AMOUNT OF TIME. (Here’s the explanation why I am closing up my shop for now… don’t worry, it’s a very lovely reason which will hopefully make you smile!) So, if you wanted to buy something directly from me, today is the last day!

Again, here is the link to my shop!

Also, if you want to make sure that you get it in time for Christmas, pleeeeeease use priority mail when you check-out. It’ll cost extra for every package that you get, but it will get to you by Christmas and hopefully that will make you feel less stressed. πŸ™‚

Okay! Now that I made that reminder… let’s go back to the Jesse Tree, shall we? πŸ™‚

Here is the ornament!

A cityscape of Bethlehem! Isn’t it beautiful??? Though, really, it was actually pretty difficult for me to crochet.

And so, why are we looking at Bethlehem? Good question! Let’s look at the prophecy, from the Prophet Micah…

The Prophecy Concerning Bethlehem

(Scripture taken from Micah 5:1-4a)

But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah
least among the clans of Judah,
From you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
Whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.

Bethlehem, by Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov, c. 1935. Private collection.
Bethlehem, by Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov, c. 1935. Private collection.

Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
Then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the children of Israel.

The Nativity, by Fra Bartolommeo, c. 1504-07. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
The Nativity, by Fra Bartolommeo, c. 1504-07. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

He shall take his place as shepherd
by the strength of the LORD,
by the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
And they shall dwell securely, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth:

The Good Shepherd, by Henry Ossawa Tanner, c. 1902-03. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States.
The Good Shepherd, by Henry Ossawa Tanner, c. 1902-03. Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States.

He shall be peace.

Why, yes, I added a picture of Christ giving the symbol of peace afterward. πŸ™‚

All right! Next blog will be later today… and it will be about a powerful woman who changes the course of history!

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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