But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2)
Talking about the President that was just assassinated, and our hearts were grieved over it. And I said, “Well, he was an important man.” The papers played it up, and the television shot it, billions and billions of dollars it cost the government to broadcast that. Which that’s all right; that’s their business.
This little Pentecostal preacher up there in Carolina, that a man walked in, a drunk with his shotgun, called for his wife and shot the man plumb out of the pulpit, then shot his wife, and shot himself, a little piece in the back of the paper.
Let me tell you, brother, no matter who we are; “You want to know how important you are,” I said to my little girl, “Stick your finger in a bucket of water and pull it out, and try to find the hole.” We’re nothing. There’s only One important; that’s God. We must remember He’s the One.
Looked like that if the man had been fixing a place for the King to be born, there was greater religious places and historical places for the King instead of this little Bethlehem, places, for instance, like Shiloh.
Shiloh was where the ark was pitched first, we know, as we come across the Jordan to this side in Palestine, and where the ark was set up for its first worship place, or Gilgal. Zion; Zion a great place; Gilgal also, or the proud great capital of Jerusalem, where the heads of all the organizations gathered at, their headquarters, looked like they’d have fixed a place up there at Jerusalem for the great King to be born, if they wanted a place, a historical place or a grand outstanding place.
That’s where the religious headquarters was of their religion to which the King came to. He came to represent their religion. And when He did, instead of them fixing Him a place at Jerusalem or one of those great historical spots,
He was born in Bethlehem, the smallest of all the cities: “Art thou not least among the princes of Judaea? But out of thee shall come to a Governor that shall rule My people.” And this great proud Jerusalem and all the other cities were rejected.
God has other ways of doing things. He knows how to do things right. And now, by the mind of God and the help of God, we’ll try to say why that this happened because everything works just exactly right in God’s great program.
And I want you people here at Phoenix, and around, to try to get this. That remember, that God knows what He’s doing. And He takes simple means to do it by. Because if He does something by some great outstanding something, then, God never does do things like that. He never did in all the history of the Bible. God never did a deal, never did at any time take any group of people to do anything.
God takes an individual. You’re the one, you, one person. And God never changes His program. Because His first program, He must always remain with that program.