For Sunday, December 16, 2001

Sunday, December 16, 2001

Micah 5:2-5

And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth.

The prophet Micah was a common man who left his small village, Moresbeth, some 700 years before Christ to travel to the capital city, Jerusalem. He was outraged at the corruption and pretension that characterized many of the citizens; social injustice was rampant. He could have inconspicuously blended into the crowd and become one of those unprincipled "sheep-le" searching for security in group norms. However, like those through the ages who have made a profound and positive difference in the world, he chose to follow his heavenly Shepherd and be one of God's "people." He prophesied the birth and life of Jesus.

He told the citizens of this day that there would be adversity and trouble, but ultimately that God's people would live securely. Are Micah's admonitions ancient history or current events? If viewed as merely history we can only learn valuable lessons, but if we find present truths in his words we can, thank God, change our behavior today.

Prayer: Dear Lord, please help us to hear your messenger, Micah, so that we may not only listen -- but also follow. Amen.

Pete Land