- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Micah 5
Promised ruler from Bethlehem.
Micah prophesied the coming of a new ruler, different from corrupted ruler in his time. It is his prophetic imagination about a kind of ruler he envisioned.
New ruler, shepherd king, will be not born in Jerusalem, but, like king David, in Bethlehem, among the insignificant clans of Judah. But the strength of the Lord, the majesty of the name of God will be upon him, and he will be their peace.
The New Testament interprets this statement as a prophecy of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is called the prince of peace. Jesus Christ, through his resurrection, triumphed over the power of evil (v.5-6)
The remnant shall be a blessing upon those who receive them and a curse upon those who reject them. “And in that day,” the Lord will abolish war in Israel, purify her worship, and punish disobedient nations.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?