The Promise of the LORD's Shepherd-Ruler - Part 3

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 accession

- into a noble or distinguished family line

- as a powerful and majestic king or commander

- with vast wealth and untold riches

- received by earth's prominent leaders

- into a world-class and important city

Instead, He came:
- in near-obscurity and lowliness

- born to a young couple of no worldly account

- as a helpless and homeless baby

- into a working class family of meager means

- attended by unwashed shepherds and barnyard animals

- into a town "too little to be among the clans of Judah" (ESV)

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.