from Lynda Lindsey
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. Micah 5:2
He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace. Micah 5:4-5(a)
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness. Micah 7:8-9
No more gloom. No more despair. No more living in the shadow of death. The people walking in great darkness have seen a great light, on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Out of Bethlehem will come Messiah, Jesus, whose origins are eternal, from of old, from ancient times, with no beginning and no end. Jesus is light; His light exposes darkness and sin. Living in His light we have peace.
Jesus, King and Lord. Shepherd. One who opens the sheep gate, going before His charges, leading them safely to good pasture and fresh water. Sheep, penned and pastured with many flocks, learn to trust and follow only their shepherd. In Him sheep lie down in safety and peace, protected and sheltered. Nurtured. Refreshed. Jesus, giver of life, laid down His life for His sheep. He tenderly guides us. He keeps us close to His heart. He binds up our wounds and carries us securely in His arms. Living as His sheep we have security.
There is no god like our God. Just and Righteous is He. Angry at sin, He doesn’t stay angry forever; He delights to show His mercy and compassion. Our God pardons sin and forgives transgressions. He treads all our sins underfoot and hurls our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Do not gloat, enemy! We may fall to individual acts of sin, but repentant, we will rise, not because of self effort, but because the Lord pleads our case and restores us. God is the lifter-up of my head! He who knew no sin became sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God! Living in Him we have His righteousness.