2 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
Interesting things to know, when cross referencing the above scriptures with other documentation:
- Mary did not have to go with Joseph to Bethlehem, for the census, because she was pregnant. She choose to go and be with her husband, anyway, and in doing so, fulfilled the profecy that the messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
- When looking at the lineage of Jesus, it says that both Joseph and Mary are from the line of David. There is no clear documentation stating if it was Mary's mother or father that came from the line of David, so we don't know for certain why they did not travel for the census. We can speculate that her father was from Galilee and that is why her parents stayed during the census.
- Did you notice the word "up" in verse 4? Did you know that Bethlehem is actually south of Galilee? The word choice of up may have been because they had to travel through many hills and mountains to get to Bethlehem. What a difficult journey to take, while that far along in a pregnancy. Not sure I'd want to do that.
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