|Posted by kelvinbueckert on December 23, 2018 at 10:40 AM|
Most of us are familiar with the term “Messiah”. At Christmas we are reminded of the Messianic prophecies fulfilled by the babe in Bethlehem. Micah has been given specific insights since he is the prophet who spells out blessings on Bethlehem, birth place of King David, of the line of Boaz and Ruth. Bethlehem means “House of Bread” and Ephrathah, the ancient name for Bethlehem means fruitful. Out of the “House of Bread” has come the “Bread of Life” (John 6:35).
Our verse today begins “He”. At Christmas we sing “Who is He in yonder stall, at whose feet the shepherds fall?” Micah tells us that “He” will be ruler over Israel (5:2). He describes this person as one whose origins are from of old, referring to Christ’s pre-incarnate appearances throughout the Old Testament. Habakkuk tells it this way “O Lord, are you not from everlasting?” (1:12). Jesus declared: "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58). Therefore He is Eternal, and Deity.
“He will stand” (Micah 5:4). In the face of a historic crucifixion, does this describe Christ Jesus? Yes! He arose. Many people were witness to this fact….too many to be fabled. History itself attests to this reality. It has taken more than 2,000 years for man to become clever enough to try to change the dating system founded on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Is it any wonder that our world is no longer at peace when it questions God’s word and even denies the veracity of historic fact? However, Zechariah also indicates the significance of a future date, when the Lord will stand on the Mt of Olives causing it to split – a dreadful, dark day of battle, after which there will be a reign of peace (Zechariah 14).
Messiah endured more suffering than any one man has born, before or since. It wasn’t all about physical suffering, but His great heart was broken by the sins of mankind, then and now. Those sins caused him not only emotional anguish, but separation from His heavenly father. For those of us who grieve over separation from loved ones, we have a brief glimpse into what this meant for Jesus Christ. He did this so that He could bring the covenant of peace to God’s people, about which Malachi wrote (2:5).
Micah says Messiah will stand in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the Lord. Here is power to rule, in peace. No one has achieved that since the Garden of Eden. Many world leaders have begun ruling, intent on achieving a better world, but only when the feet of the Prince of Peace return to Jerusalem will the world experience that glorious peace of God that does pass all present understanding….. “And He will be their peace” (Micah 5:5).
What hope does a man or woman have of achieving peace?
Although impossible to achieve, should believers strive for peace? Why? How?
Who is the foundation of our personal sense of peace? How does this help you when enduring life’s storms?