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Sun, Dec 02, 2018

The Promise of a Great Hope

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One of the greatest promises ever made to the human race is given in the prophecy here in Micah, verse two: it is the birth of the Messiah, the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Looking back on this prophecy from the time of Jesus’ death to this present day, we can see the incredible number of details so clearly and accurately predicted. Micah first prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-2). But before the coming of the Saviour, the nation of Judah would be conquered. Its capital city, Jerusalem, would be besieged by the Babylonians and all its people exiled. Despite the grim prophecy in verse one, all was not lost. A Saviour was coming and would be born in the city of Bethlehem.
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One of the greatest promises ever made to the human race is given in the prophecy here in Micah, verse two: it is the birth of the Messiah, the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Looking back on this prophecy from the time of Jesus’ death to this present day, we can see the incredible number of details so clearly and accurately predicted. Micah first prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-2). But before the coming of the Saviour, the nation of Judah would be conquered. Its capital city, Jerusalem, would be besieged by the Babylonians and all its people exiled.

Despite the grim prophecy in verse one, all was not lost. A Saviour was coming and would be born in the city of Bethlehem. Micah predicted not just where Christ would be born but also the great purpose for which He would be sent into the world (v. 2b). He would rule God’s people and deliver them from all enemies. He would also redeem them from all their sin and unrighteousness. The prophecy of Christ’s birth and coming rule was meant to encourage and give hope to the people of Israel. The people desperately needed hope because their time of judgment was drawing near.

Micah continued to describe the distant future, what will happen in the last days (Micah 5:3-15). The coming Messiah, Christ Jesus, will accomplish many things in behalf of Israel and its remnant (including all believers). Eight important works of Christ are revealed. First, Christ will end Israel’s alienation and separation from God (v. 3). Israel would be abandoned by God during the time of her judgment. Yet God would not abandon His people forever. Second, Christ will shepherd His people and give them security (v. 4).

The Messiah will “stand and feed” His flock, that is rule and care for God’s people. He will nurture and care for them as His very own. Third, Christ will deliver His people from their enemies (vv. 5b-6). He will enable them to defeat the Assyrians (vv. 5b-6a). Assyria represents all of Israel’s enemies. Fourth, Christ will make true believers (the remnant) a blessing to many people (v. 7). God’s people will be like fresh morning dew, sharing the water of life with all the nations and people of the world (Gen. 26:4). Fifth, Christ will make true believers (the remnant) triumphant over all other people (vv. 8-9).

They will be like a lion, dominating all the other nations (animals) of the world. They will be victorious over all their enemies, and destroy them overwhelmingly. Sixth, Christ will purge and purify His people in the last days (vv. 10-14). Israel has always had enemies from without, that is, other nations who were her enemies. However, when Christ returns, He will cleanse and purify His people through one last judgment in order to prepare them for His rule. Seventh, Christ will destroy Israel’s idols and false worship practices (vv. 12-14).

He will abolish their witchcraft, v. 12 ; their idolatry—the work of their own hands—in which they trusted, v. 13; their Asherah poles (groves), v. 14; their temples and the cities in which the temples stand, v. 14. This description suggests that Israel will be utterly apostate in the last days before Christ returns. Eighth, Christ will execute judgment on all nations and people who disobey Him and rebel against His rule (v. 15). The purpose of God’s vengeance is to bring about repentance, to make all things right.

God’s Holy Word warns us that Christ will return “like a thief in the night.” What will He find us doing? It will be too late to prepare when Christ returns. For that reason, we must prepare. NOW! “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Mt. 24:44).

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