Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

God With Us – The Promise of a Savior (as seen in the OT)

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Week One – Day 2 – Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Read Micah 5:2 – 5  SOAP Micah 5:2wk01d02

TUESDAY MICAH 5:2-5 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 labor 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;

O – This prophecy foretells the birth of Jesus – although He is not mentioned by name.  It is interesting to note that Bethlehem was seen as the one town who was “too little”.   Yet – it was given the honor of being the birthplace of the Messiah.  God uses the “little” and the “lowly” to carry out His plan for humanity.  He used David – who was overlooked by his father.  He used Rahab – a prostitute who saved two Hebrew men.  He used Gideon – who was so full of fear that he threshed at night.  He used Ruth – a widow who was forced to glean on the fields to have enough food to feed herself and Naomi.  He used Mary – a young unmarried virgin who would birth the Messiah.

“Whose coming forth is from old from ancient days….”   Jesus, the Messiah, is eternal.  He was in the beginning.  “Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”  (v. 2 – KJV) He came from eternity to take on the form of man (he will give them up…. v. 3)  and become human.  Fully human.  Fully divine.   What He gave up was immense – from the Trinity God to a baby, born of a poor young virgin, in a stable.  “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  (Phil. 2:5 – 8 – ESV)

A – What a comfort to know that we, no matter what state we are in (rich, poor, famous, lowly, forgiven sinner), we can be used by God!  God used the little tiny town of Bethlehem to be the birthplace of His Son!   He can use Karen to bring glory to His name, here in Indiana.  Can I proclaim His name today?  Whom can I encourage, or build up?

Am I willing to be used – for whatever purpose He desires?  Do I think myself above what He asks?  Do I cheerfully give of myself – even if not noticed?  Do I live in humility?  If Christ, the Son of God, was willing to “empty Himself” – am I?  Oh, may Christ be seen in me today!

P – O Holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to me, I pray; Cast out my sin and enter in; Be born in me today.  Jesus – dwell in me.  Live through me.  Work in me – to bring glory to Your name today.  Help me to see ways to empty myself – to be who YOU desire me to be today.  Thank You, Father, for providing a Savior, for the world, for me.  Thank You for the fulfilled prophecy of a Messiah coming from a little town – to save the entire world.  Thank You for the Eternal God, the Son of God, coming to be human – to not only be Ruler, but Shepherd.   May I live for YOU today.  Amen.

 

O little Town of Bethlehem – (Jeremy Camp) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grKx1YSeLr0

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie.
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;

Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary,
And, gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.

O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth.
And praises sing to God the King.
And peace to men on earth.

Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelujah to the Lord

O Holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in;
Be born in us today!

We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelujah to the Lord
Hallelujah

 

 

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