Advent Devotional • December 5

Thursday, December 5

Micah 5:2-5

The Ruler from Bethlehem

But you, O Bethlehem
of Ephrathah,
   who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
   one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
   from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
   when she who is in labor has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
   to the people of Israel.

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 they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
   to the ends of the earth;
and he shall be the one of peace.

   If the Assyrians come into our land
   and tread upon our soil,
we will raise against them seven
   and eight installed as rulers.

Read the above text from Micah 5:2-5. What stands out to you? What questions do you have? Do you find hope within the text? What other feelings do you experience?

Feel free (but not obligated) to share your response in the comments.


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