December 15 - Jesus Comes as the Shepherd (Micah 5:1-5)
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This Sunday we will continue teaching "Praying with Paul." This class will begin Sunday at 10:00am in the Multi-Purpose room.
There will also be a new member's reception at 10:00am in the lobby.
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Bozo, Kelenga in Mali.
Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
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.
The cry of humanity is for peace in our families, in our world, and in our very own lives. We live in a conflicted culture and we long for peace. What will it take? Thankfully, God promises to bring peace - ultimately, completely, and universally. We hear this from the prophet Micah. Micah’s ministry was marked by both warnings of judgment and promises of hope. Our passage promises this peace but only after a warning of judgment. This follows the pattern in the minor prophets, the gloom of God’s judgment gives way to the glory of God’s Promises. God will bring this glory by providing a ruler, one who will be a shepherd to us. It is this Messiah who will bring peace on earth.
Review and Apply
For what good purposes does God bring judgment to sin? How does it show his glory and goodness?
In what way has faith been revealed as active or inactive in times of darkness in your life?
How does this passage glorify humility? In what area of your life is humility a struggle? How can humility in this area lead to glory?
In what ways does Jesus lead you like a shepherd?
In what ways are you encouraged by Jesus being our peace? How does it make him great to you?