Week of January 7 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Micah 5:2

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.

Reflect: What specific details are laid out in this prophecy about the Messiah? How does Jesus fulfill these prophecies?

Consider: The Messiah-Ruler, who will deliver His people, was born in an insignificant, small town (not even mentioned in the list of towns in Josh. 15 or Neh. 11) where the clans of Judah lived. And God said this One, who will minister on Yahweh’s behalf (for Me), will be Israel’s “Ruler” (cf. “rule” in Micah 4:7). Christ accomplished and will accomplish the Father’s will (cf. John 17:4; Heb. 10:7).[1]

Respond: Read Matthew 2:1-6. How did Jesus’ first coming fulfill Micah 5:2-4? How did the prophecy leave room for His second coming? Why does this prophecy give you the impression that God likes to work in stages throughout history?

 

[1] John A. Martin, “Micah,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 1486.