Monday, August 6, 2012

Micah Bible Study Notes Chapter 5


Micah 5

-This magnificent chapter of Scripture is where we find the prophecy of where the Messiah will be born on this earth. Micah foresees that the place will be Bethlehem (House of Bread, Jesus said, “I am the Bread of life” John 6:35-51) Ephrathah (a specific designation, this is the city where David was from ancestrally, 1 Samuel 17:12, Luke 2:4). Some interesting facts about this Messiah (the Anointed One, the Savior) are described for us here. First, He comes forth from the Father. Second, He will be a ruler in Israel. Thirdly, His goings forth was from long ago, from the days of eternity (Micah 5:2). In other words, this Messiah is eternal, meaning He had no beginning or end. This makes this One God who will come in the flesh. Micah says He will arise and shepherd His flock (Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd” John 10:11-14) in the strength of the LORD (John 17:21-26).” He goes on further to say that in the majesty of His Name they, the people, will remain (sit, inhabit, abide, dwell securely). The Messiah’s Name will be great in all the earth and this One will be our peace (Micah 5:4-5). *Application* What a blessed description of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is all of these things and more when we contemplate it. He is our reigning King and will one day extend His Kingdom over all of this earth when He returns and takes His vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations who would not obey Him (Micah 5:15). For His children He is our peace. We have the peace (contentment, security, knowing all is going to be alright) from God (2 John 1:3), of God (Philippians 4:7), and with God (Romans 5:1) through the work on the cross done by Jesus Christ. His sacrifice has truly made us completely whole when we receive Him by faith. We believers, Israel and Gentiles combined, are the remnant that the prophet speaks of that survive the attacks and destruction from the enemy symbolized by Assyria and Nimrod in this passage. These enemies will be cut off in that day and no evil will be allowed to persist any longer (Micah 5:9-14). This is the day we look forward to with great anticipation!

Verses to Memorize: Micah 5:2, 4-5

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