This Sunday we will examine the prophet’s words to a people who are waiting, longing, hoping for God to do a new thing in their midst. The people of Israel are waiting for a Redeemer-King from the line of the mighty King David to restore their nation. Bethlehem, the “city of David,” is the prophecied location out of which that Savior will be born.
2 “O Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are but a small Judean village, yet you will be the birthplace of my King who is alive from everlasting ages past!” 3 God will abandon his people to their enemies until she who is to give birth has her son; then at last his fellow countrymen—the exile remnants of Israel—will rejoin their brethren in their own land.
4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God, and his people shall remain there undisturbed, for he will be greatly honored all around the world. 5 He will be our Peace. Micah 5:2-5 Living Bible (TLB)
When I hear these words of scripture, I can’t help but think of the beloved Christmas hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” especially the words of the first verse—“for in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light…”
O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we ese the lie;
above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.
The hymn speaks, even as the prophet Micah does, of hopes and fears, of longing, of darkness and light. Surely this resonates with us today—as it has for every generation– as we are well aware of the darkness and the brokenness of the world around us. How thankful we are that God keeps his promises. He never leaves nor forsakes us and has sent his son Jesus to be our guide, our example, our Savior.
This Sunday during our sermon time, “the Innkeeper’s Wife” will share her thoughts about the baby born in her stable and how God is keeping his promises in a surprising way.