Monday, December 15, 2008

Micah 5:2 Pinpoints the Messiah

Micah 5:2 is one of the clearest indicators given in the Hebrew Scriptures for identifying the Messiah, a prophecy which both pinpoints the exact birth location of the Messiah, as well as telling us much about the character and power of this Anointed One.

Micah 5:2 reads, "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."

Bethlehem Ephratah: Place name used to designate birthplace of new David who would come from Bethlehem, David''s birthplace, and of the clan of Ephratah, that of Jesse, David''s father (1 Samuel 17:12.

Jesus the Messianic King:
He will arise as a shepherd over the flock (Ezek. 37:24), and will establish his kingdom to the ends of the earth (Isa. 9:7).

From Everlasting: To emphasise the eternal pre-existence of divine Wisdom with God.
Jesus had an existence before his temporal birth in Bethlehem.

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