The Promise of the LORD's Shepherd-Ruler -
Marshal your troops, O city of troops,
for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel's ruler
on the cheek with a rod.
"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. [or from
days of eternity]"
Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor gives birth
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.
Micah 5:2 (NIV)
It is very telling how the LORD
of Glory, the Creator of All -- the One from
days of eternity -- chose to
enter our humanity.
He did not come:
- with pomp in a grandiose
- into a noble or distinguished family
- as a powerful and majestic king or
- with vast wealth and untold riches
- received by earth's prominent
- into a world-class and important
Instead, He came:
- in near-obscurity and
- born to a young couple of no worldly
- as a helpless and homeless baby
- into a working class family of
- attended by unwashed shepherds and
- into a town "too
little to be among the clans of Judah"
This is our God. The only God. Not the false gods of other
religions that lord it over their minions.
Listen to His own entreating words:
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for
I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for
your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is
light." Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
"Say to the daughter of Zion,
'Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"
Matthew 21:5 (ESV), cited from Zechariah 9:9
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.