Micah 5 (Listen)
5:1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 And he shall be their peace.
When the Assyrian comes into our land
and treads in our palaces,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight princes of men;
6 they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod at its entrances;
and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian
when he comes into our land
and treads within our border.
7 Then the remnant of Jacob shall be
in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the LORD,
like showers on the grass,
which delay not for a man
nor wait for the children of man.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations,
in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
which, when it goes through, treads down
and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
9 Your hand shall be lifted up over your adversaries,
and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And in that day, declares the LORD,
I will cut off your horses from among you
and will destroy your chariots;
11 and I will cut off the cities of your land
and throw down all your strongholds;
12 and I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes;
13 and I will cut off your carved images
and your pillars from among you,
and you shall bow down no more
to the work of your hands;
14 and I will root out your Asherah images from among you
and destroy your cities.
15 And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance
on the nations that did not obey.
He will stand and shepherd them in the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord his God. They will live securely, for then his greatness will extend to the ends of the earth. He will be their peace. (Micah 5:4-5a CSB).
Micah foretells of the greatest king who shall come to deliver, reign, rule, redeem, rescue and restore His Kingdom, which shall have no end. We know this king is Christ, who was born in Bethlehem as predicted (Micah 5:2) and arose from the old kingly line of David. He not only comes to bring peace – but to be our peace (Micah 5:5). We have this peace not only because of his defeat of enemy nations but also the removal of the various idols that were the root cause of the ungodliness of His people. The coming of Christ brings about a new King and Shepherd to rescue all who confess Him as the one true Savior and Lord. Will we acknowledge Him as Lord and accept His reign in our hearts and lives, so that we might dwell securely in Him and through Him forever?
Pray it: Jesus, I believe that you are the king they were waiting for! Thank you for being our peace. Help us to live in your strength as we await your return, resisting the idols around us and having confidence no matter what circumstances may come our way today.
Share it: Share a verse or thought from this passage with someone today.