Micah 5: The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
1 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.
5 And he shall be their peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land and treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men;
6 they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod at its entrances; and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian when he comes into our land and treads within our border.
A Remnant Shall Be Delivered
7 Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which, when it goes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
9 Your hand shall be lifted up over your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And in that day, declares the LORD, I will cut off your horses from among you and will destroy your chariots;
11 and I will cut off the cities of your land and throw down all your strongholds;
12 and I will cut off sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes;
13 and I will cut off your carved images and your pillars from among you, and you shall bow down no more to the work of your hands;
14 and I will root out your Asherah images from among you and destroy your cities.
15 And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance on the nations that did not obey.
Things to think about…
1.Micah 5 is prophetic about the Messiah who would come and relates to some parts of His earthly ministry. Clearly in verse 1 we see part of Christ's humiliation where He would be struck with a rod on the cheek. He is called the judge, vs 1 and ruler, vs 2, but also who is from old, from ancient days. This judge would be God Himself. He would come from Bethlehem (the southern one in Israel, Ephrathah). This time of year we celebrate the fact of Christ and His incarnation – coming as a human being to this earth. Even the Pharisees knew this and yet did not seek to find out whether Jesus did in fact come from Bethlehem. People don't want to find out about Christ because He is too confronting. This is nothing new.
2.He shall be a shepherd, Mic 5:3 in the Lord's majesty (God Himself), He shall be their peace, vs 5. He will stand against Assyria. This is prophetic of exactly what would happen when the Assyrian army surrounded Jerusalem in 701BC. Jerusalem was miraculously delivered by an angel. What spiritual Assyrians do we fight today?
3.A remnant is always spared, Mic 5:7&8. Israel is such a small nation yet its influence will be great. This is so now, but will be more so when Christ rules and reigns literally from Jerusalem fulfilling all the OT prophesies about Him, including these in Micah 5. Look at how they Israel and the nations are spared, Mic 5:10-15. Horses were forbidden among Israel because they were a sign of earthly strength and pride. Israel will be delivered from the worship of idols and judgement will come upon nations that do not obey this Messiah. May we never be distracted from turning away from the idols of our day. Encourage a brother or sister in Christ in their walk today.
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For Cell groups
"A life of ease and ignorance" – reading Amos 6:1-6..
1.What is your idea of perfect relaxation? Does it involve your faith? How?
2.There is so much judgement in Amos – indeed in all the minor prophets. How do you deal with the constant exposure of bad news. E.g on facebook and the news with the fires and other world events. What is your response to constant images of sadness and loss in the light of your faith and hope in Christ?
3.Jesus asks everyone to enter into His rest. This involves all of life, the easy and the tough stuff. How is Christ "rest" for you?
4.Pray our community especially as we lead up to Carols and the Christmas Day services. May many enter into the rest of Christ during this season. Invite everyone along!
1.Pray regarding fire danger again this week. Qld and NSW set to have high temps today and remainder of this week. Pray especially for SA today. Extreme fire danger for this state.
2.4 people have lost their lives. Over 350 homes lost.
3.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia.
4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.
5.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.
6.More Sunday school, RI and Recharge Leaders next year.
7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
8.Sunday's messages. "The point of it all" Micah 6. in the morning and "Everyone's mean to me" – Sunday night.
9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
10.Church finances to meet our expenses.
11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Unanimous decisions on new leadership structure and 2 elders – Graham Willey and Doug Horne at AGM on Sunday.
2.Stanthorpe drought relief target $1500 has been achieved.
3.More new folk at CBC on Sunday.
4.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and team.
5.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Willey group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.
3.Recharge Youth – Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.
5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.
6.Final Men's breakfast – Saturday 30th November after the morning service. $20 7AM-9am 5 ways espresso café, 600 Sherwood Road. Payment due next Sunday.
7.Creation Ministries – Sunday 1st December. Dr Ron Neller "From Evolutionist to Creationist!" Invite a friend 6pm.
8.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.
Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."
Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3