The Wonder of Christ’s Birthplace

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THE WONDER OF CHRIST’S BIRTHPLACE

December 3, 2017 Text:  Micah 5:2

God magnifies His glory through that which is insignificant.

 GOD REVEALS HIS GLORY BY INSIGNIFICANT PLACES: Bethlehem-Ephrathah.

The Association with David: Bethlehem is the City of David.
> David’s insignificance.
> David is a symbol of hope.

The Smallness of Bethlehem.
> It is a shunned village.
> It is a small village.

 

GOD REVEALS HIS GLORY BY IMPLEMENTING HIS PURPOSES: “one will go forth.”

His origin: “from long ago…from the days of eternity.”
> It speaks of activity: “whose origin is from of old…”
> It speaks of antiquity: “from the days of eternity.”

His rule: “a king will come forth for me…”
> The rule is the fulfillment of God’s purposes. Luke 1:32-33.
> The characteristics of that rule.

  1. It begins with rejection.
  2. There will be a restoration of leadership: “He will arise.
  3. He will protect Israel from their enemies: pasture and protect.
  4. He will empower Israel to live in safety: “they will remain.”
  5. He will be their Peace: “This One will be our Peace.”
  6. He shall be great to the ends of the earth.

LESSONS/CHALLENGES

  1. God loves to work through “no” bodies and “no” things.
  2. God exalts the humble.
  3. God keeps His promises.  “Hope still springs alive in the breast of the believing heart.”
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