The original prophecy regarding a coming redeemer goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve were receiving the consequences of their sins, God also cursed the serpent. He said that woman and her seed would crush the serpent’s head.
Later on the prophecy became more in focus with God’s promise to David that from his body shall come forth a king that will rule forever. That God would be a father to him, and he would be his son.
Isaiah had prophesied that a virgin would conceive a child and would call his name Immanuel. Finally, the place where the Messiah was to be born was prophesied by Micah – a small town of Bethlehem. David’s home when he was a child.
People wonder how much did Mary and Joseph know. They knew. Gabriel had told Mary that her son Jesus would be great and will be called Son of the Most High; and the Lord will give to him the throne of his father David. Those words tie directly into God’s promise to David.
Joseph in his dream was called Joseph, son of David. He was not called Joseph son of Jacob who was his actual father but David. Joseph heard that and knew that the promised line was through him. He was then told that Mary was virgin and had conceived through the Holy Spirit. He knew.
They did not try to fulfill that last part of the prophecies on their own part. They waited on the Lord, and it was Rome that sent them to Bethlehem. They knew that Jesus would be born there.
When the Three Kings asked where the Messiah was to be born. The scribes knew it was Bethlehem. God through his Holy Spirit was fulfilling all those prophecies right before Mary and Joseph’s eyes. They might not have understood why it had to be in a stable, but they knew their son was the promised Messiah.
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Gen. 3:15, 2 Sam. 7:12-16, Isa 7:14 Micah 5:1-4