The Bethlehem Inn and the Innkeeper

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Although an innkeeper is talked about in songs and stories about the birth of Jesus, he isn't mentioned in the Bible at all. The Bible just says, There was no room in the inn. Luke 2:7.

Maybe that means, "There was no appropriate place in the inn." Bethlehem was in the midst of a mandated Roman census the night Jesus was born. I'd like to think the innkeeper was a kind man, who gave Mary the quiet privacy of the stable, rather than the public upstairs sleeping quarters above the bar.

If Jesus had been born in such a place, Mary and Joseph would most likely have been separated during the birth.

Typical inns of this era consisted of two large rooms. A room on the ground floor was used for serving customers food and drink. An upstairs room was rented to overnight customers, by the bed.

The upstairs sleeping room was divided by a curtain hanging on a rope stretched from wall to wall, providing separate sleeping quarters for men and women.

If there had been room in the inn for Mary and Joseph, they would have been rented beds on opposite sides of the curtain.

When the innkeeper offered them the stable, he gave them togetherness and privacy during this important hour in teenage Mary's life.

However it happened, God had his hand on the entire operation and planned it all, right down to the fact that the first evangelists, who were humble shepherds, would have easy access to a nursery in a stable.

If the Holy Spirit was the baby's Daddy, why couldn't the obstetrician have been a Holy Angel who turned Jesus over and whacked his bottom to cause him to draw that first precious breath of life. That life would continue for thirty-three years, until It Is Finished.

God's Plan of Salvation was finished, that is.

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