“Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” II Corinthians 8:9. It’s said that Herod built his palace to commemorate a victory in battle, but knowing Herod’s selfish ambition it’s possible he had another purpose in mind. Some have speculated that Herod, knew about Micah’s prediction that Israel’s Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. He may have wanted Israel’s King to be born in his palace. The Father’s plan, however, was for our Lord to be born not in a castle but in a cave. It was in a lowly manger that the little Lord Jesus was born. This is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the greatest gift that you and I will ever receive. The goodness and love of God became incarnate at Bethlehem.