(15 verses, 2:31 to read)
What I am about to READ
- This chapter contains one of the great prophecies of the birth, ministry, death, and resurrection.
- vv. 1-6: This is contains the prophecy of the coming Christ.
- vv. 7-15: These verses speak about God’s people and their enemies after the Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
- St. Mathew cites Micah’s prophecy about Christ’s birth taking place in Bethlehem. This reminds us that the Scriptures are constantly pointing us toward Jesus, who says in John 5, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” As we continue our trek through the Old Testament, this is good to keep in mind. Some passages are easier to see the connection to Christ, but others will require a bit more meditation. However, Jesus promises that His Word is Spirit and life (John 6:63).
- It is almost as if Micah is setting up a contrast between earthly might (5:1) and the might of God (v. 2). This is beneficial for us, because earthly might is all we see. To us, the things of God seem weak. But this Christ is the Lord of hosts who stands in our midst as our Shepherd. We stand in His strength, who have had His name placed upon us in the waters of Holy Baptism (v. 4). This means that in the midst of earthly strife and in a world that always seems poised to destroy us and the Church, we look to Christ, who is alone our peace. Even as He stood in the midst of the disciples on the evening of His resurrection and showed them His wounded hands and side and declared to them His peace (John 20:19-23), so also, that same Christ grants us His peace as He gives us that same flesh and blood given and shed for us. One of my favorite parts of the liturgy on Sunday morning is when I face the congregation and hold up for them to see the body and blood of Jesus and say, “The peace of the Lord be with you always.” It is in Jesus’ body and blood that we find rescue from our greatest enemies of sin and death.
- Whenever the Scriptures speak of a remnant being saved, we are reminded that the Church is small compared to the multitude of unbelievers. However, Christ sends His people to preach His Word among the nations, that He might gather His chosen saints from among the nations. The imagery of the lion emphasizes the power of God’s Word to accomplish its purpose (cf. Isaiah 55). Even as the Apostles went out into the world as a rather unimpressive band of fishermen, tax collectors, etc., the Word of Christ brought many to saving faith.
- Micah’s great prophecy ends with a warning. Along with the salvation of God’s people comes the destruction of their enemies. God will not tolerate false gods, and those who oppose Him and reject His Word will be brought to an end.
- This chapter is a meditation on the 1st Commandment, wherein God teaches us to trust in Him alone. It is also a meditation on the 2nd Article of the Creed, which teaches us about Christ. And it is also a meditation on the 3rd Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, wherein we pray that God would break and hinder every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh, even as He keeps us firm in His Word and faith until we die.
- Prayer: Heavenly Father, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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