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32.7 The Lord was born in Bethlehem.

Series 32

Episode 7

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, today’s topic for Treasures for the Soul is “The Lord was born in Bethlehem.” A prophecy was written in Micah 5:2 about the Infinite One being born in a small village called Bethlehem. Because of the Lord, the meaning and value of this little place has been greatly elevated! After we believe in the Lord, our value and meaning are also elevated to new heights. We are the people whom the Father has given to the Lord. We are also Abba’s dearest children. The Lord was born in the village of Bethlehem. This prophecy also expresses the Lord’s gentleness and tenderness. It’s so precious that the Lord came tenderly to search for us.

Message

Micah 5:2, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Who was this person who would come forth from of old, from ancient days?
I’m sure you remember these Bible verses: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14) His name is Immanuel. He dwelt among us. Before I believed in the Lord, I didn’t know what I should seek. I wished to seek the meaning of life and truth. At that time, I didn’t know about grace. But to my surprise, this amazing grace had already been given to me from the Lord’s overflowing love. Of course the truth is very precious. The truth reveals the precious reality to me, and leads me into the marvelous light.
Bethlehem was a very tiny place. We wouldn’t have known about a lot of small villages and places, like Bethlehem, if the Lord hadn’t set foot there . But the Lord greatly elevated the value and meaning of such places. The value and meaning of anything touched by the Lord will increase. Everything connected to Him is helpful to us. They remind us of the places visited by the Lord, His precious life and His acts of love.
You and I are very important. He has greatly raised us up far beyond the value of any cities or lakes. Man can get sentimental about places. What are the places I treasure the most in Hong Kong? They are the places where I experienced God in the past. These places are ordinary to others. But they are special to me because I experienced God there. Jacob’s experience was similar. He took a stone and set it up as a pillar. When he left his family, he felt lonely. God appeared to him. He dreamed of a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. He called this place the house of God, the gate of heaven. (Genesis 28:17)
It’s so precious that the Lord came to the earth. He became the ladder connecting heaven and earth. He is like the ladder coming down from heaven so that we can go before God. The heavenly gate is open. The house of God has appeared ! It’s so precious that the Lord has elevated you and me. Words cannot describe how tremendous it is! The Father gives us to the Lord. In my own words, we are the original, ultimate darling of the Lord, eternally compatible with Him. We became the dearest children of the Father. Not even the archangels can attain this position! Think about it, how wonderful it is, and how much the Lord treasures us!
How lowly, gentle and tender is the Lord! He was not born in a palace nor a well-known city. There is a place in Shatin, Hong Kong called Festival City (in Chinese it’s called Famous City). But in reality, it’s the places that the Lord visited that are the truly famous places . Bethlehem, once a humble village, has been forever changed because of the Lord.
[Song]
The Infinite Lord Was a Man; He Experienced What I Experienced
(Words & music: Daniel Yu)
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It’s infinitely precious that You, the eternal, infinite Creator,
Became a baby for me, so tender.
You experienced what I experienced.
You longed to bring me warmth and comfort to my heart.
My loving Lord, Your love for me is truly romantic!

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Because of love, the infinite You longed to become a Man eternally!
You came leaping with joy, born as a baby in a manger.
Since eternity past You’ve chosen
To be deeply in love with me for the whole eternity.
Because of Your love for me, You chose to not just be God alone .
Because of Your love for me, You dreamed and longed to be a man forever,
To be the closest and dearest to me.
You and I are most deeply united forever. You live in my heart eternally.
You and I most deeply belong to each other, ever in one spirit.

Series 32

Amazing – the Lord is a man forever

Message Date: 2020-08-23

The fact that the Lord is a man forever will amaze everyone till eternity. Our life would have been completely hopeless if the Lord had not come to be born in this world, and to live and die for us. At the moment when Adam and Eve sinned, God already foretold that “the offspring of the woman” would bruise the head of the serpent. It was prophesied in the Book of Isaiah that “to us a child is born…” The book also mentions that the Lord’s name is “Immanuel,” meaning, God is with us. The Book of Micah prophesied that He was to be born in Bethlehem. The Gospel of John says, “The Word became flesh.” The Gospel of Matthew tells us that He has the name of a man: Jesus, meaning that He would save His people from their sins. The Lord indeed came. He began life as a baby, held in the arms of human beings . He experienced the same things that we do on earth, so He can sympathize with us. He longed to be the closest to us. He is forever a man, which tells us that He commits Himself to love us totally and eternally. We are His ultimate darlings.
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32.1 Amazing – the Lord is a man forever (1)

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32.2 Forever amazed that the Lord became a man (2)

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32.3 The Offspring of the woman

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32.4 For to us a child is born (1)

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32.6 Immanuel

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32.7 The Lord was born in Bethlehem.

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
Satan causes man not to be clear and assured about the things in heaven
Are physical substances not spiritual?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)
New Jerusalem is a real city (2)

Series 24: God prepares for us

Genesis 22: Father and Son went together
Genesis 22: For us, the Father gave His only Son
Genesis 22: The Lord will provide
24.4 God’s preparation for us

Series 25: The Father and Son Affection

25.1 The Lord Came to Make Known the Father
25.2 The Father and Son Affection (Part 1)
25.3 The Father and Son Affection (Part 2)

Series 26: We are a royal priesthood

26.1 God who alone does wondrous things
26.2 The Lord is the High Priest
26.3 We are a royal priesthood (1)
26.4 We are a royal priesthood (2)
26.5 The life of a priest

Series 27: Who are you in the infinite one’s loving heart?

27.1 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart
27.2 Meditate on who you are in the infinite Lord’s loving heart (2)
27.3 Meditate on the infinite Lord’s words at the last supper

Series 28: The conclusion and climax of the book of Hebrews

28.1 Sing praises at Easter (1): The defeat of death
28.2 Sing praises at Easter (2): The risen Lord has swallowed up death
28.3 The important purpose of Hebrews and the help we get from it
28.4 Confirming the importance of drawing near to God

Series 29: How to behold

29.1 Behold the Father
29.2 See that God meets me in His steadfast love 
and exults over me with loud singing (1)
29.3 See that God meets me in His steadfast love and exults over me with loud singing (2)
29.4 See how the Lord loves us (1)
29.5 See how the Lord loves us (2)

Series 30: The core things we need to see when we behold the Lord

Series 31: Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us

31.1 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (1)
31.2 The Lord is my all-knowing, all-loving true Beloved (2)
31.3 The Importance of Love
31.4 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (1)
31.5 Set the Lord and His Love Always Before Us (2)

Series 32: Amazing – the Lord is a man forever

32.1 Amazing – the Lord is a man forever (1)
32.2 Forever amazed that the Lord became a man (2)
32.3 The Offspring of the woman
32.4 For to us a child is born (1)
32.6 Immanuel
32.7 The Lord was born in Bethlehem.

Series 33: Use the bible to enjoy god’s love

33.1 Deeply trust in God’s love according to the truth
33.2 The lord has loved us as the father has loved him
33.3 The father has loved us as He has loved the lord
33.4 How the father loves the lord