The Saviour Sent
Micah 5:2 – But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Israel and Judah could be given no greater hope than that of a Saviour. Set in place before the beginning of time we have the Creator and the Redeemer. The people had no idea that their Saviour would be the Son of God and they probably never expected the great ruler to come from a small town like Bethlehem even though it had been the birthplace of David. That is the way of our God, choosing ‘what is weak in the world to shame the strong and what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are.’ He chose a shepherd boy to face a giant, a shepherd boy to be king. This message of hope should have stirred the hearts of the people, bringing them to their knees in reverence to Almighty God.
The Lord sent his prophets with warnings of future judgement and calamity so that the people could learn from past sins and change their present behaviour. They preferred, however, to push against the boundaries and test the patience of the Lord.
“O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery.”
I cannot even explain to you the emotion that this verse conjured up for me, imagining God’s anguish. I think we forget too easily how much we hurt the Lord by our selfish actions and that we can cause him great sorrow.
The Israelites were playing a dangerous game and sin always comes at a price. Until the Saviour would come, that was a price they would pay personally. Yet, through it all, a remnant would be spared because even in judgement, the Lord will not completely destroy his people. He made a promise and He will never deny the covenant that was made.
If you have accepted God’s offer of salvation, He has made a covenant with you also and your place in his kingdom is secure. His laws are still in place and faithfulness is still required; His mercy covers our debt and we no longer pay the price personally for sin, for the one who was promised has come.
If we truly love the Lord, we will no longer want to cause him sorrow and we would certainly not want to weary him. So, let us live in the fullness of our redemption, with thanksgiving to the God of our salvation.