All of the Old Testament prophecies concerning Messiah are fulfilled. Sometimes the circumstances seem simple, at other times complex. It’s important to remember the 400 years of silence before the New Testament chronicles the Father’s further divine intervention.
“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.” Luke 2:1-5
Civil ordinances were a common occurrence under Roman rule. In this case, requiring Joseph to return to his ancestral city brought him and his fiancée and unborn son to Bethlehem. We wondered if either Joseph or Mary were aware of how their journey toward the end of her pregnancy would satisfy the details of Micah 5:2, reviewed in Celebrate 11.