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.
Micah tells of the coming king but with more insight than before. Micah shares the location from where the eternal king will come from. He looks to Bethlehem and points.
This news would be exciting. The town would become a hotbed of people longingly waiting for the eternal king. The promised one. The excitement about the coming king would change the outlook on the town. Greek and Roman occupation would use this prophecy to scope out the eternal king.
In this prophecy, Micah reveals that the eternal king is from of old, from ancient days. This could be interpreted in multiple ways. The most likely understood way was that the eternal king would be from the lineage from David. This figurative understanding would have quickly satisfied the people of Israel, but it leads open interpretation to be from God as well. If we take a literal interpretation where the eternal king is from God, then he would be from the oldest, most ancient but still relevant and active in the world around them. Both are true and right, and helps keep the flames of hope alive of what is to come.
One’s Origin is important. Not just anyone can fill this role of King: its only because of the Forever King’s lineage that he can step into that role. This is important in our lives too. We are set up by our family who goes on before. This is why God instructs His people to pass on His laws to their children. While we may not be able to affect our origin, we can help set up the origin for others. We can help to create a place to raise up the next generation.
Thank you for sending the eternal king and pointing us to where we can find him. We are thankful for the details to confirm your promises. We know you are at work and so we wait. We wait on you to keep your word, and eagerly wait the eternal kingdom.
In Jesus’ Name,
Carol of the day:
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Spend some time today putting together a simple family tree. As you do, share your memories about the people on the tree. Our history helps to put us into the place we are today. Use this time to remember. Remember those who have gone on before us, or who we need to look after while we are here.