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Thursday, August 22, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Micah 5:2-5(NASB)
2 "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." 3 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. 4 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. 5 This One will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, When he tramples on our citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of men.
This passage is one of many prophetic passages that predict the Messiah. Note that One in verse 5, along with the He's in the other verses, is capitalized, usually reserved for God. The prophecy was looking for a Messiah, not multiple ones. Jesus took on the mantle of the Good Shepherd of this passage, where the predators of our lives are not wolves or lions but thieves, warlords and heretics. The one that hit me is the start of verse 5-"This One will be our peace." Sometimes we forget to claim that peace that Jesus promises, that God is doing all things for our good. These last few weeks have been a struggle at times, as I'm learning two new jobs; assistant professor of business and husband, as well as learning a new state. Through all of this, I have to keep reminding myself that God's on the case.

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