The Christmas season is in full swing. And though we most likely will not be gathering for large Christmas productions, that doesn’t mean we can’t kick the season off.
The Advent season is here. In a few short weeks, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus.
In the Bible, there were several prophecies that foretold Jesus’ birth and His eternal kingdom reign, but today, I want to focus on the birthplace of Jesus.
“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 are from of old, from ancient times.”Micah 5:2
Bethlehem was a small town in the region, but it had two great significant residents. It was the birthplace of King David and Jesus.
Not bad, if you ask me. The greatest King to rule Israel (David) and the Savior of the World (Jesus).
This way, God is funny; He uses what we might deem small and insignificant places on a map to do His greatest work.
Micah says, “out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel.” The Lord is speaking through Micah as he pens those words.
I don’t think Micah would have used the word “me” unless the Lord was speaking. The “me” refers to God himself.
The second part of the verse is equally as important – “whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
This implies that the Savior (Jesus) existed from the beginning of time. Seeing is He was God, then He existed before the dawn of time.
Through this verse, I am reminded that God chooses people, places, and times to fulfill His purpose and will. We may not understand what or even the why, but God knows.
As you prepare for Christmas, take a few minutes to read through Micah’s account in chapter 5.
Also, take a few minutes to pray for those around you who are struggling. Ask the Lord to reveal to you the names and faces of people for you to lift up in prayer.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the Christmas season. Thank you for the reminder of Bethlehem who was small in the eyes of Israel, but played a significant role in preparing the way for Jesus. Please bring to mind someone who I can pray for today. Amen!