Thursday, September 20 2012
Verse of the Day: V2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
1. The Little (V1-3)
V1 “Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.”
Though the people of Bethlehem Ephratah was just a little or few people among the thousands of people in Judah, yet God would choose a man from among them to be not just the Ruler in Israel, but the Saviour of the world. This man was the Lord Jesus Christ.
V2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
2. The Lord (V4-7)
V4 “And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
The Lord Jesus Christ shall stand and feed His people who believe and trust in Him in the power of His Father, the Almighty God. The day shall come when the Lord Jesus Christ shall be the Peace who shall rule over His people in the new heaven and earth, and there shall be no more war and fighting, and no more tears and sorrows throughout all eternity.
V5 “And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.”
3. The Lion (V8-15)
V8 “And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.”
The young lion is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord shall lead and guide the remnant who believe and trust in Him, but destroy those who reject and mock Him.
V15 “And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be the few who believe and trust in You.