Read Micah 1 -- 7
In Today's Reading:
Impending judgment against Israel and Judah; future deliverance of a remnant; birth of Christ foretold; Lord's judgment and mercy
Except for David, all the kings of Judah had been born in Jerusalem — the city of God. But, 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Micah was led to prophesy: You, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall He come forth to Me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (eternity) (Micah 5:2).
At the God-appointed time, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed (registered for taxation). . . Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (Luke 2:1,4). As a descendant of King David, Joseph had to go to David's hometown of Bethlehem to register. In issuing his command from Rome, Caesar could only have thought of his own kingdom. However, the Sovereign God, Who determines the outcome of all history, used the heathen emperor's authority to bring about the fulfillment of Micah's prophecy.
Perhaps the most significant statement of Micah's prophecy is: Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. This clearly proclaims the deity and eternal existence of the Redeemer King Jesus. He could not have been the Savior of mankind and suffer for the sins of the world if He had inherited a sinful nature like everyone else. Because of this, Jesus the Son of God, was born of the virgin Mary without a human father.
Therefore, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary: You shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His Name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest. . . . and of His Kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary to the angel (Gabriel), How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing (Holy One) Who shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:31-35).
Jesus never ceased being the Eternal God. However, because He loved us, He made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:7). As descendants of Adam, we all have inherited his sinful nature since by one man's (Adam's) disobedience (sin) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One (Jesus) shall many be made righteous (Romans 5:19).
As the Ruler in Israel (Micah 5:2) Who was to be born in Bethlehem. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem as the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to Him the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32-33; 2:4-6).
1:16 make thee bald, and poll thee = shave your head as a sign of sorrow; 2:5 none shall cast a cord by lot = no one is to make boundaries by lot; 2:7 straitened = shortened, confined, limited; 2:13 The Breaker refers here to the Messiah; 6:9 hear ye the Rod = pay attention to His authority.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 14:13