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20 August 2018

Micah 5:2 & 4

“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.” “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. And He will be their peace.”

Bethlehem – the House of Bread; Jehovah – Roi (Shepherd); Jehovah – Shalom (Peace).

Where was Micah going with this prophecy? The great king David had passed and gone. The glory of Israel as a kingdom had faded and disappeared. Certainly during Micah’s day the Ruler didn’t come. But the prophecy was made and Bethlehem, the little village, could wait for its dawning.

It did happen. If you go to Bethlehem today, although now passed into the hands of the Arabs, you will find a Church there which commemorates the coming of the Ruler. In its crypt is the sign of a star. Pilgrims visit it from all over the world – I know because I have been there. Yes, it may be a ‘traditional’ site, but it confirms the coming of the Ruler. The Ruler Micah spoke of centuries earlier who ‘came out’ of Bethlehem.

It was a miracle birth – a virgin birth. It was a miracle birthplace. It had been prophesied but the law eventually drove Joseph and Mary from their home in Nazareth, to Bethlehem (in Judah) for the birth of the Ruler.

Bethlehem is surrounded by shepherds’ fields. That is because the Ruler would ‘shepherd’ His people. Indeed, the message first came to and through shepherds, “Good News… today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you” (Luke 2:10-11). (For the record, see Luke 2:1-20.)

David came from Bethlehem, in Judah – so too, His Greater Son. Judah means Praise. Bethlehem – House of Bread. When Jesus was born, the angels and all heaven sang their praises. Jesus is the ‘Bread of Life’ (John 6:35). He is the House of Life-Giving Bread, which was given for us (see John 6:30 –58).

Yes, He was of old, from ancient times because although Son of Man, He is also Son of God – The Eternal, Always-existing Word of God – Part of the Godhead, the Trinity (see John 1:1-3, 14). (See also Colossians 1:15-20.)

Yes, He came as a Shepherd and died as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). But, today He lives as the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4) helping, caring, leading and interceding for us. But one day, yet to come, He will return as the Shepherd King in all His majestic glory. He will reign in Righteous Splendour upon the earth and Israel will experience peace like she has never known before. It’s a ‘Ring of Truth’!

There is also a day coming when the Chief Shepherd will become the Bridegroom and take His Bride (the Church – you and me) to be with Himself in Heavenly Union forever and ever, Amen!

Today you may be feeling small and insignificant, like Bethlehem Ephrathah, but listen – when the King comes, all that changes. Bethlehem is still a small village by this world’s standards but the nations come to her because the Ruler came to her. You can change too – if the Ruler comes to you.

Bethlehem was never the same again. Neither will you be.

Listen, if you know Jesus, the Ruler, His Holy Spirit is within you.

Go, and let out some of His glory into this pale sad world.

And remember – it won’t be long before He comes back.

Are you ready for that awesome experience?

 


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