Greater HopeWritten by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on May 15, 2016 in - No Comments
A. Micah 4 was a chapter filled with hope, and Micah 5 continues that hope.
B. Motivating the people, Micah shares two reasons to be filled with hope and to transfer that hope into action.
C. Even today, we share in that hope that the prophet spoke centuries ago.
I. A Ruler
A. The nation of Judah was in trouble, but there was work to be done (Micah 5:1).
B. They needed to turn to God, but most would refuse that call.
C. But God promised hope (Micah 5:2) to come from Bethlehem.
1. Bethlehem was a village. It’s only heritage was the birthplace of David.
2. Now, it would be the home of a great Ruler to come. (This is 700 years before Christ, but tells us the place He would be born!)
D. The character of this Ruler would be outstanding.
1. He would be a shepherd,
2. But would also stand “in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.”
E. We should trust God, as He shows His knowledge of even the future here!
II. A Remnant
A. Micah 5:8: “A remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations.”
B. Micah 5:10-15 speak powerfully of what the Lord would do to those who were not in this remnant. Some, obviously, would be pagan Assyrians, but some would also be among Micah’s own people.
C. God knows the sins of the nation of Judah.
1. They are reliant on human strength (Micah 5:10-11).
2. They have fallen into pagan and occult worship practices (Micah 5:12-14).
D. But through the punishment that would come due to these sins, God still had a faithful remnant.
A. We often get concerned for our nation when we see moral decline.
B. We certainly do not know the future, but reminders from books like Micah teach us to remain faithful no matter what might come. We do that by remembering the Ruler who was born and that God always has a faithful remnant, of which we must be a part.