Sunday, October 13, 2019

Micah 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Micah 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • As you might know from your reading, Micah was a prophet. A prophet is a person that God uses to prepare people for what God is going to do. Well, get this: The big news from Micah 5 is that a savior (the Messiah) is going to be born in Bethlehem. Micah predicts that Jesus Christ is going to be born 700 years before it happens! Check out Micah 5:2-5. Micah also makes it crystal clear that, in the end, God will bring about justice and remove all evil from the world.
  • The word  “Messiah” means deliverer, leader and savior. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We can have confidence in God’s Word/ Predictions and prophesy in the Bible are clearly one of the primary reasons that many scholars and historians agree on the validity of the Bible.  Micah’s prediction (prophesy) is effective in a really simple way: It eliminates all other cities and towns throughout the world as a place in which the Messiah would be born. This prophesy narrows the possibilities to one tiny village, near Jerusalem. Think about the odds! Amazing.
  • Throughout the span of 27 centuries (since the time of Micah), Bethlehem is widely known and accepted by historians as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. This is not just Biblical truth, it’s historical fact. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • As you think about your future, is there anything that is causing you to worry excessively? Talk to God about that worry and concern.
  • Put your trust in the messiah, Jesus, to deliver you from whatever is causing you to sin, doubt and worry.