“The Lord himself will give you a sign.”
For if the Sun of Righteousness has risen upon our hearts there is an ocean of grace and love and power lying all around us, an ocean to which all earthly light is but a drop, and it is ready to transfigure us, as the sunshine transfigured the dandelion, and on the same condition – that we stand full face to God. (Focussed)
Scripture: Micah 5:2; Isaiah 7:10-14
- What clues does Micah reveal concerning the Messiah’s birthplace?
- Why was this a surprising birthplace?
- According to the prophet Isaiah, what sign will be given to distinguish the promised King?
Mediation on Scripture
As the “fullness of time” draws nearer, the Old Testament prophets reveal clues yet more specific in nature. Micah states the place of birth – Bethlehem small among the clans of Judah. What a surprising birthplace for one who would be ruler over Israel!
Isaiah provides a yet more astonishing sign – the baby would be born of a virgin! Did they really hear the prophet? What did they think? And could they even begin to fathom the significance of the name chosen for this royal son? Immanuel: God with us.
By now the sky of Old Testament history was literally studded with stars of prophecy, lighting the horizon for that great coming day!
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