16 Dec 2018
Jesus, Our Messiah
Micah prophesies that Jesus would be born a Jew in Bethlehem 700 years before His birth! Micah 5:1 says:
“But you, Bethlehem, least among the clans of Judah, from you will come out to Me One to be ruler in Israel, One whose goings forth are from of old, from days of eternity.”
In Micah 5 we find hope in the face of forthcoming trouble. We are shown that there was never a time that Jesus did not exist, and that in God’s perfect timing Jesus would physically be born into our world. Interestingly, Jesus called Himself “the bread of life” (see John 6:35) and Bethlehem means “house of bread!”
Micah speaks of destructive wars and trials the Jewish people will face because of their disobedience. Micah 5:3 (NIV) says:
“Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son…” They temporarily lost their homeland and were scattered across the nations of the world.
But Micah 5:7 says:
“Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples, like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass…”
Although the Jewish people were scattered, they were a refreshing dew (a divine blessing) to those whose hearts were like a green pasture toward them, and this is still true today. Many Jews have embraced Jesus, realising He is their long-awaited Messiah. But many need to hear that Jesus, Yeshua, is their salvation.
Romans 1:16 says:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
Pause and reflect: The prophet Micah’s name means “who is like Yahweh”. “Lord, let us be like Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life. Amen.”