September 27 – Today’s Readings – Micah 4-5 and Psalms 87
Micah is a fascinating book because it is quite futuristic in parts. Chapter 4 begins in this way;
4:1-2 “In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”
This sounds like a great season of ingathering to me – all nations “streaming” to the Lord and being led by the Lord. We have heard of great in-gatherings of people all over the world but the promise is that “nations” will be swept up in a great move of God. Let it happen quickly Lord!
The second prophecy, at the beginning of Chapter 5, concerns the coming of Jesus and is directly quoted in the Gospels – Micah 5:2 reads, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Here is a man – Micah – who “sees” something in the spirit but can only visualize in shadows and types. I’m sure that when he penned these words he knew they were given by special revelation – something big – but he could not have imagined the full impact of his prophecy. He had just told the world that Jesus (God made flesh) would be born in Bethlehem and that He was the “ancient of days”. This is what makes the prophets so fascinating. They were given detailed visions of things that would come to pass – but they knew very little about these things. The prophecies of the Old Testament concerning the life of Christ and other futuristic events are one of the great “proofs” that the Bible is the Holy Word of God.
Then again, why should this be a great surprise – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
1. Give another example of an Old Testament Prophet who said things about Jesus that he could never have known.
2. If God has a great harvest planned for His Church in the last days, what should we, as individuals, be doing about it?