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A Christmas Glimpse

A Christmas Glimpse

Dec 09, 2018

Passage:Micah 5:1-5

Preacher: Ed Cole

Series: Christmas Outside the box: Expect the Unexpected

Detail:

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.
Micah‬ ‭5:1-5a‬ ‬‬
 
God's Word promises some painful trials.
 
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
...eventually!
 
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!