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Summary: Birth of the King in Bethlehem, God’s Indictment of His People, The Prophet Acknowledges Injustice

Chapter 5 - Birth of the King in Bethlehem (JESUS!:)

5 “[a]Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; [b]They have laid siege against us; With a rod they will (A)strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.

PROVERBS 13:24 HE WHO WITHOLDS HIS ROD HATES HIS SON

2 [c]But as for (B)you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From (C)you One will come forth for Me to be (D)ruler in Israel. His times of coming forth are (E)from long ago, From the days of eternity.”

Second, Micah “stuck his neck out” even farther when he identified the city as “Bethlehem Ephrathah.” Few people probably realize that Palestine contained two towns named Bethlehem. http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=100&article=1219 Dave Miller, Ph.D. (re: birthplace of the Messiah)

3 Therefore He will (F)give them up until the time When she (G)who is in labor has given birth. Then the (H)remainder of His kinsmen Will return to the sons of Israel.

4 And He will arise and (I)shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will [d]remain, Because [e]at that time He will be great To the (J)ends of the earth.

JOHN 10: 11, 14 I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD.

5 This One (K)will be our peace. When the (L)Assyrian (N. Iraq / SE Turkey) invades our land, When he tramples on our [f]citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of people. those great instruments of God's revenge, and his church's deliverance.

ISAIAH 9: 6, 7 For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; And the government will [a]rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace On the throne of David and over [b]his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of armies will accomplish this.

6 They will (M)shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, The land of (N)Nimrod* at its entrances; And He will (O)rescue us from the Assyrian when he invades our land, And when he tramples our territory.

* a descendant of Ham represented in Genesis as a mighty hunter and a king of Shinar

7 Then the (P)remnant of Jacob Will be among many peoples Like (Q)dew from the LORD, Like (R)showers on vegetation That do not wait for man, Or delay for [g]mankind.

8 The remnant of Jacob Will be among the nations, Among many peoples (S)Like a lion among the animals of the forest, Like a young lion among flocks of sheep, Which, if he passes through, (T)Tramples and (U)tears, And there is (V)no one who can rescue.

9 Your hand will be (W)lifted up against your adversaries, And all your enemies will be eliminated.

REVELATION IS ABOUT THE WRATH OF GOD (MENTIONED 12X).

10 “And it will be on that day,” declares the LORD, “(X)That I will eliminate your (Y)horses from among you, And destroy your chariots.

11 I will also eliminate the (Z)cities of your land, And tear down all your (AA)fortifications.

12 I will eliminate (AB)sorceries from your hand, And you will have no fortune-tellers.

13 (AC)I will eliminate your carved images And your memorial stones from among you, So that you will no longer bow down To the work of your hands.

VERSES 11 AND 12 ARE WARNINGS FOR THOSE WHO DON’T FOLLOW JESUS.

14 I will uproot your [h](AD)Asherim from among you, And destroy your cities.

WEBSTER: “a sacred wooden post, pole, or pillar that stood near the altar in various Canaanite high places and that symbolized the goddess Asherah”

15 And I will (AE)execute vengeance in anger and wrath On the nations which have not obeyed.”

Footnotes

Micah 5:1 Ch 4:14 in Heb

Micah 5:1 Lit He has

Micah 5:2 Ch 5:1 in Heb

Micah 5:4 Or live in safety

Micah 5:4 Lit now

Micah 5:5 Or palaces

Micah 5:7 Lit sons of mankind

Micah 5:14 I.e., wooden symbols of a female deity (Asherah)

Chapter 6 God’s Indictment of His People

1. Hear now what the LORD is saying, “Arise, plead your case [a]before the mountains, And let the hills hear your voice. SHOUT TO THE LORD

2 Listen, you mountains, to the indictment by the LORD, And you enduring (A)foundations of the earth, Because the (B)LORD has a case against His people; And He will dispute with Israel.

3 (C)My people, (D)what have I done to you, And (E)how have I wearied you? Answer Me.

4 Indeed, I (F)brought you up from the land of Egypt, I (G)redeemed you from the house of slavery, And I sent before you (H)Moses, Aaron, and (I)Miriam.

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