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Micah 5

Bell's Commentary on the BibleBell's Commentary

Verses 1-15

  1. THY KING COME! (Micah 5)
    1. THE MESSIAH! (1-5a)
    2. (1) Vs.1 seems to fit with last ch. - Hebrew bible is set up this way!
      1. Is speaking of Babylon’s imminent siege of Jerusalem.
    3. (2) Micah 5:2 was fulfilled 700 years later in Mt.2:5,6.
      1. Insignificant Bethlehem is offset by the incredible significance of the One born there. (What president was born in Yorba Linda?)
      2. Ephrathah(fruitful) – old name for Bethlehem.
        1. Eternity entered Ephrathah!
        2. Also a contrast from the Bethlehem of Zebulun(Joshua 19:25)
    4. (2-4) We have the birth of Messiah(2); the birth of a nation(3; Is.66:8); & one day the birth of peace…to the ends of the earth!
    5. (4) He shall stand & shepherd his flock - Let us worship & bow down before Him as the people of His pasture.
    6. “In the strength of the Lord”…the Gordian knot is severed!
      1. In Greek mythology, the Gordian knot was a complex knot tied by Gordius, king of Phrygia and father of Midas. Gordius was a peasant who became king. In gratitude, he dedicated his wagon to the god Zeus and tied the pole of the wagon to the yoke with a rope knotted so intricately that no one could undo it.According to legend, when Alexander the Great was unable to untie the Gordian knot, he cut through it with one stroke of his sword. (Encarta® 98 Desk Encyclopedia © & 1996-97 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.)
      2. And so Jesus, w/one fell stroke struck sins “Gordian knot”
    7. (5a) He will be their/our peace!
      1. Read Eph.2:14-18
    8. JUDGING HIS ENEMY! (5b-9)
      1. Messiah will win victory over His enemies!
    9. PURGING HIS OWN! (10-15)
    10. Messiah will win victory over His people…& purge them of their sin!
    11. (10-15) The things they trusted in would be removed.
      1. Like their Military power(Armaments, fortresses); nor supernatural powers like(sorceries, & idols).
      2. (14) Wooden images – Asherah poles, groves, sacred trees or poles set up near the altars.
      3. They were the feminine counterpart to Baal idols.
      4. William Temple, “It is as much idolatry to worship God according to a false mental image as by means of a false metal image.”
      5. Q: How many people today have a false mental image of God?
        1. Who say…“I think God wouldn’t…”, or “I think God is…” - that is contrary to the bibles teaching on Him.
      6. Q: Does God want to remove some things from your life so you can enjoy His peace?
    12. 2 Pet.3:10,11 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,”
    13. Prayer groups: Have someone read Micah 3:8a. Pray for your group regarding this!
Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Micah 5". "Bell's Commentary". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/micah-5.html. 2017.
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