Summary: Jesus wants to rule your life!
Our text teaches us several important lessons. First, we learn about MOST IMPORTANT THINGS through the Holy Bible. If you were to have read the Bethlehem Daily News on that day, you probably would have read articles about political news, financial news, weather news, even sports news. But you probably wouldn’t have read anything about a little baby who was born in a stable. It did not make the news because it wasn’t considered important enough. You have to read the Bible to learn about that. Today, 2000 years later, what was the most important event of that day? You guessed it...the birth of Jesus Christ!! Second, we learn that the MOST IMPORTANT DETAILS about ‘most important things’ can be learned by studying your Bible. When the question was asked, “Where is this child to be born?”. The answer was given by the most studios bible scholar among them. How do I know that? When is the last time you read the book of Micah? Not only had he read the book of Micah, he understood it and knew how to properly apply it! So, to learn about the most important events of life, we need to look to the Bible. To understand it in greater detail, we need to not just look to the Bible, but study it in earnest.
Let’s examine this prophecy. Micah 5:2 (KJV) says, “But thou, Bethlehem, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.” We have already learned that much can be gained by reading the Bible, paying close attention to detail. IF we’re paying close attention to detail, we learn that ‘you don’t have to be BIG to do BIG things!’. There are numerous Christian congregations across America that think they are not big enough, not gifted enough, not rich enough to do great things for God. Not true! Anyone can do great things for God, with God’s help! Also, notice what Jesus is to come to do….to ‘rule’. This comes from the Hebrew word, ‘mashal’, which literally means, “to rule, to reign, to have dominion over”. This same Hebrew word is found in Genesis 4:7, where God was talking to Cain, “if you don’t do well, sin lieth at the door (life is full of temptations, enticing us to do the wrong thing)…and you shall RULE over him (temptation to sin)”. Here we find the Bible teaches us that we are all to ‘mashal’, rule, reign, have dominion over all temptation to do the wrong thing. That is no small task. For example, Tiger Woods has had nine different coaches to help him develop his golf skills. He is currently the number one ranked golfer in the world. But, for all of his developed golf skills, with the recent developments that have surfaced about his life, we all now know he greatly lacks when it comes to ‘life skills’. Jesus came into the world, not to be a dictator ‘barking out orders’, but a ruler helping the rest of us to develop the life skills that will enable us to ‘rule’ over the temptation of sin that has the potential to harm us and multitudes of others. The word ‘mashal’, which is translated ‘ruler’ in the King James Version, is translated ‘shepherd’ in the New International Version. Jesus wants to ‘shepherd’ (perhaps a more culturally relevant word would be ‘mentor’ us into the most prosperous, enriching life possible…the abundant life!