This is part of a short series of meditations for the days leading up to Christmas.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. Micah 5 v 2 (NIV)
We saw last time that Isaiah prophesied a great deal about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. This, though, is a very specific reference to the place of his birth – God had it planned right down to that detail.
Micah was prophesying at a difficult time for God’s people (although you could say that about most of the Old Testament!). They were under threat from surrounding nations, they had turned their back on God, and into that Micah gives this word of promise. It would have given great hope to the people.
The lesson for us today is that God plans things down to the last detail, and this gives us hope just when we really need it. Most importantly, in the plan of salvation every detail mattered including the place of the birth of Christ. Again, this is seen to be fulfilled in the Gospel accounts.
That should give us great encouragement this Christmas time. God can be trusted in the matter of the place of his Son’s birth. He can be trusted for all aspects of his rescue plan – to every part of our lives.