Bethlehem. Most of us only know about this village as the place of baby Jesus’ birth. Yet, Bethlehem existed as a village long before the birth of Jesus. What happened in this village prior to that event? It might surprise some to learn that this small village was very important in the history of Israel in Old Testament times. In fact, one could argue that what happened there on Christmas night was really a fulfillment of the lessons of Bethlehem going back ages and generations.