On December 23, Pastor Laura preaches on Micah 5:1-5.
1 Now you are walled around with a wall; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the ruler of Israel upon the cheek. 2 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. 4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; 5 and he shall be the one of peace. If the Assyrians come into our land and tread upon our soil, we will raise against them seven shepherds and eight installed as rulers.
Remember when, as a child, you thought Christmas would never get here? It may have felt that way for you this year as well—even if you’re a grown-up. As the season of Advent comes to a close, and as we rush to finish up our last-minute tasks, we’re reminded by the prophet Micah that Christmas isn’t here yet. We’re still waiting!
Micah’s Hebrews had been waiting for a long, long time for the advent of the promised Messiah. And Micah proclaims some good news: It won’t be long now. Micah even names the place—the most unlikely of places—where the advent of the Messiah will occur: a nondescript little spot in the road, one of those one-horse towns with a single, blinking, yellow light—named “Beth – le – hem.”
The only thing God’s people need to do is turn back toward God…..