Micah was preparing the Jewish people for some really dark times
- Their trouble was inescapable "...siege is laid against us"
- Their troubles would feel personal "...strike...on the cheek"
- Their troubles would be lengthy "...until the time when she who is in labor..."
Larry Crabb suggests we often make two mistakes:
1. We want maximum blessings & minimum trials (an untroubled life), or
2. We want a doubt-ending, fear-crushing God experience (an untroubled soul)
God offers hope to those who will trust Him.
Micah told them that hope would be found in a new King.
- He would come to Bethlehem
- He would come forth from God
- He would come to build His kingdom
- He would come to shepherd His people
- He would come to be the peace-giver
God will exceed all of our hopes and expectations
What Jesus did was to punch a hole in the wall that separates the real world that we know and experience; the one that is filled with sin, pain and suffering, from the ideal world that is to come in the glory of God's presence. When we look at Jesus we get a glimpse of what heaven will be like forever. We get a taste now but the feast then!