And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Beth-lehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Luke 2:1-6
I hate taxes. I hate everything about them. I hate preparing them. I hate paying them. I just hate taxes. I often wonder if anything good ever came from taxes? In Luke 2, we see something great comes from the taxing of all the known world. We see God using taxes to bring about the fulfillment of His word.
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, Though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Micah 5:2
Over 700 years before Caesar taxed the known world, a prophet from a small town was told by God that the Savior of the world would be born in another small town called Bethlehem. And what did God use to move Mary so that this child would be born in a little town of Bethlehem? Taxes.
This month as you close out your accounts and prepare yourself to end your fiscal year, as you begin that time where you think of taxes, why not thank God for fulfilling His Word by using something as seemingly useless as taxes?