But as for you, Bethlehem, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. Micah 5:2
The Old Testament contains over three hundred references to the Messiah and all of these were fulfilled in Jesus. They provided a solid confirmation of His credentials as Messiah, and Anointed One that would release and deliver His people. They referred to the time and place of His birth, His death, and His resurrection. I’ve heard it said that using the science of probability in reference to just eight of these prophecies, the chance that any man might have lived to fulfill all eight is one in one hundred trillion! There should not be any doubt that the scriptures are the inspired words of God.
The prophet Micah, whose name means “who is like Jehovah”, was a strong prophetic voice. He knew his God and stood ready to tell a rebellious nation that the Lord was coming. Can you imagine what it must have been like to walk in his shoes? To be one solitary man of faith in the midst of an unbelieving people? More times than not, to be a prophet was to be lonely and misunderstood. They held the revelations of God in their heart, and though spiritual realities were stunningly real to them, they had a difficult time getting anyone to take their truth seriously. Their spirit resounded with the message and it must have changed the fabric of their internal world.
The quill that penned the prophetic words of a ruler arising out of Bethlehem must have shook in the hand in the writer. Though Christ wasn’t born for another seven hundred years, Micah watched the birth of Christ from the grandstands of heaven. I need to see that life is often about what will happen later ~ in the lives of my descendants. At the very least, I will also see Your purposes prevail from heaven’s gates.
My joy can start now, Lord, if I look into the future with the eyes of faith. I will pray, and then declare, the scriptures because they are still prophetic. In Jesus’ name, Amen