“His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth” (Mic. 5:4). Risen Lord, open my eyes to see Your greatness.
Read Micah 5:1-15
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“Has the Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, Ephrathah, been born in you because you have been born again by faith in him” (A. Morgan Derham)? May we all answer a resounding “Yes!”
The first of two dominant images in Micah 5 is that of a new Davidic king. David’s home town symbolizes his life, a journey from insignificance to greatness, which is a pattern to be repeated (2). Although some of the details of opposition to Israel are obscure (1,3), the picture of the Davidic king, whose strength and glory will be God’s, is clear (4). When he is king, an Assyrian invasion will come to nothing (5,6). Although Micah uses the language of his own time (Assyrian invasion, swords, borders), his concern with God-given strength and peace resonates with a Christian vision of Jesus as the one who realizes what this vision is ultimately about. Jesus, through his death, resurrection and ascension, has become sovereign over the world, and we look to him in hope as our deliverer. Assyrian invasion becomes a metaphor for the many continuing assaults on God’s people and on God’s truth, which we seek to resist in the strength of our Lord.
The second image is the “remnant of Jacob,” the faithful few who have to live through divine judgment upon all of Israel and who form the nucleus for the future people of God. They are nourished by divine provision (7), which will give strength over enemies (8,9). This will be accompanied by a remarkable, divine purging of the renewed Jacob, who will be deprived of conventional military resources (10,11) and any lingering idolatrous practices (12-14). They will thus be a people unlike any other, presumably in keeping with their divinely enabled king. Again, to a Christian this picture is suggestive of the distinctive ways in which the church should live: with deep roots in God and with victory over enemies such as sin, poverty and ignorance only when purged by God, and so enabled genuinely to channel God’s truth to his world.
The Lord is always doing a purging work among his people (10-14). Is the Holy Spirit revealing things you need to deal with? Bring these issues before him now.
Risen and ascended Lord, keep my eyes fixed on You, and may I triumph only in Your strength.
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