1 Chronicles 28; 2 Peter 2; Micah 5; Luke 14
I love how the timing of the readings from Micah coincide with the coming Christmas season. Micah is prophesying about the coming of Christ and what we have to look forward to as followers of Jesus. "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. And he shall be their peace." -Micah 5:4-5a, ESV
First of all what do I learn of God here? He is my Shepherd, He is strong, even His name is majestic, His greatness knows no bounds, and He is my peace. As for me, I "shall dwell secure."
Verse 2 of this chapter tells us that the One who is to come, the one who will be ruler of Israel will come out of Bethlehem Ephrathah-for us it makes it very clear that this is indeed a prophecy concerning Jesus coming and eventual rule over His chosen people. When I read this I cannot help but feel an immense gratitude to God for sending His son to die in my place for every sin I have ever committed, for every sin I have yet to commit. Jesus Christ gave His life so that I might dwell in security, so that I would have peace with God. It was His plan all along, and here I am now an undeserving beneficiary of God's amazing grace. To God be the glory, great things He has done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son. (First lines from one of my favorite hymns-To God be the Glory by Fanny Crosby)
Grace, Peace, and Mercy,