But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”
Therefore He will give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has borne a child.
Then the remainder of His brethren
will return to the sons of Israel.
And He will arise and shepherd His flock
in the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.
And they will remain, because at that time
He will be great to the ends of the earth.
This One will be our peace.
(Micah 5:2-5a NASB)
The second week of Advent is nearing a close; before we blink twice Christmas will be here. The Christ, the Redeemer will appear to those who are watching for His arrival. His arrival is a joyous occasion, a Light to a dark world.
Four-hundred years of brass heavens created a desperation for a Word from God…just one Word. The silence from God’s Throne was deafening. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son (Galatians 4:4), and gave not only a word, but The Word the world so desperately needed.
I love this verse in Micah, the Word spoken to the tribe of Benjamin. He is too little among the tribes of Israel, not worthy for the reception of the King. Yet the Lord says though you are small, I shall send you the King of Israel. Some of you feel small, not worthy for the King to dwell in you; but God says though you feel little and unworthy ~ He shall come to you and dwell in you, redeem you. Bethlehem ~you shall receive the One from the beginning, and He will be our Peace. He has come for all mankind.
This week we reflect on the peace of God that He pours out in abundance with the gift of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to pay the penalty for sin. He came to redeem the world. His coming grants us peace with God forever. It cannot change. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) From the foundation of the world, the Lamb was slain. The moment Adam and Eve fell in the garden, God’s redemption plan to restore us commenced. The Old Testament prophets spoke to Christ. Every book in the story of God’s redemption plan, whispers the Name Jesus. This gives us great Peace, knowing that God fulfilled all that He spoke; all that He promised. We have Peace too, knowing that now nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing. You are no longer unworthy and small. Be at Peace, the King is coming to you.
(Editor’s Note: this piece is from Piper’s excellent series in her Advent Journal found here.)