Tuesday, November 19, 2013

BETHLEHEM: Micah 5:2-4

DAY 19: BETHLEHEM     

Link: Micah 5:2-4    


Symbol: Town with Star


Using a map of Israel (you can find one in the back of your Bible), find Bethlehem. Notice that it is close to Jerusalem, where the Wise Men expected the King of the Jews to be born. (Matthew 2:1-6)   Why would God have wanted His son born in Bethlehem rather than Jerusalem? There are many answers but one is that Bethlehem is called the “city of David” (Luke 2:4, 11) and the Christ was to be of the lineage of David. 

Song: "O Little Town of Bethlehem"


BBC BACKGROUND: Micah 5



The Scarlet Thread of Redemption

The most important thing in Micah 5 is the prediction of the birth of a ruler who would come out of little Bethlehem (5:2) whose greatness would reach to the ends of the earth (5:4), and He would be their peace (5:5, see also John 14:27). Of course, this is a prophecy about Jesus, who was from "long ago"! 

In addition to these things, Christ will destroy Israel's enemies, purge Israel of false worship, and will execute vengeance on the nations who refuse to obey the Lord.

NO REFLECTION or APPLICATION today!

PRAYER

How is it that people cannot see that You came as the promised Messiah when so many prophecies are so specific? Open blind eyes, God. May many people see You in the coming Christmas season! Amen. 
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