“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
 From you One will go forth from Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”
— Micah 5:2


          The way that the text of the Bible sweeps along is always fascinating to observe.  Micah was, of course, one of OT “minor” prophets, and here in chapter 5 takes up the topic of the coming of the Messiah, the Christ.  Chapter 5 and verse 1 speaks, at first, of the fact that the coming Messiah will come as a purifying agent to Israel in God’s Name.  Micah uses the terms “…shall lay siege against…”.  Those are pretty serious terms to speak of.  The idea of a “siege” in verse implies the idea that what the Messiah will being forth is that which will definitely accomplish its’ goal, no matter what the amount of time needful to get the job done.  
         The OT has been abundantly clear in just what God’s goals with Israel really are.  

         1.      He wants to convince them of their sinful rebellion
         2.      He wants them to learn humility and bow themselves before He and grace and mercy.
         3.      He wants to demonstrate that He is loving and move them to the experience of that love.
         4.      He wishes to bring them to the place where they are useful to His purposes and bring Him glory and testimony of His righteousness and patience.  
         5.      Actually, there are a number of others as well, but this suffices for now.

         To meet these goals God has been willing to extend Himself again and again and again.  But Israel was incredibly resistant and continued in their rebellion, even through the time of our Lord and including His crucifixion.  Micah describe the idea as “…laying siege” to Israel.  It is a powerful picture for what Israel’s God is willing, and indeed, will do to accomplish His desire with His people.


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