Tuesday, December 7, 2021
The prophet Micah foretells the coming of Messiah.
Micah 5:2 But as for you, Bethlehem Ephratha (EFF-ruh-thuh), too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity. (NASB)
When the magi came seeking the birthplace of the baby Jesus the chief priests answered them by quoting this prophecy of Micah given 700 years earlier! Over and over in Scripture, God glorifies Himself by bringing forth great things from the most unlikely of places. Bethlehem was an insignificant stop on the road from Jerusalem – but it would forever be exalted by this promise that it would be the birthplace of Messiah!
John Piper notes that God is not impressed by big-ness. After Old Testament King Saul was disqualified as king, God’s prophet turned to the little town of Bethlehem. Among the fine strapping sons of Jesse: it was not the oldest, but the youngest who was anointed. When Goliath cursed the God of Israel, it was not the tall, imposing King Saul who went out to fight — but a young shepherd boy. When David fought the giant: it was not with royal sword or shield, but with a shepherd’s slingshot. When all seems lost — do as Micah did — trust the promise of God that a deliverer is coming!