Sunday, December 16, 2007

Micah Prophesies Christ Born in Bethlehem, 700 Years Before The Story Is Told in Matthew


This great Messianic prophecy was written some 700 years before the birth of Christ:

Micah 5:1-5

1 Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod.

2 "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 from ancient times.

3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.

4 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.

5 And he will be their peace.

Could it, oh could it be just a coincidence when we then read the account in Matthew 2, written almost 800 years later which goes like this?

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi came from the east to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one born king of the Jews? We saw his star and came to worship Him.' When he King Herod heard this he was disturbed and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 'In Bethlehem of Judea,' they replied for it is what the prophet (Micah) has written. 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judea are by no means least among the rulers of Judea, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'

Then Herod sends the Magi out to Bethlehem to find the Christ child and instructs them to return to him and tell him where the child is, so he too can go and worship (read that, kill) the child. So the wise men leave, find the Christ, recognize they have found the Son of God and bow down and worship him. But before they can return to Herod, an Angel appears to them and instructs them to leave the country another way and not go back to Herod.

What an incredible story! This intense but miraculous time of year is a wonderful opportunity to ask this Christ child to be born and grow in our hearts. If we continue asking, He will indeed come and reveal himself to the Wisest Men of our hearts and minds, much wiser than any so called worldly wisdom.

Thanks to One Year Bible blog for inspiration today and every day.

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