I love Micah 5:2-4. It is probably my second favorite Messianic prophecy after the amazingly wonderful Isaiah 53.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.”
It speaks of Jesus’ humble beginnings. King David was from Bethlehem but otherwise it was a hole in the wall in Judah. It speaks of a ruler who will shepherd God’s people, like David. It also implies that this ruler is not your average person, his beginnings or origins are from old, ancient times, days of eternity. And his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. That’s pretty cool.
I used this as a introductory/secondary text in yesterday’s sermon, which you can listen to or download here.
We had our annual singing fellowship last night. It was a great evening of worship. There were over 175 brethren from more than 10 congregations in NJ who came together for an evening of hymns and scriptures and prayer.