Advent Devotional - Dec 19 - Micah 5:1-4

Read Micah 5:1-4

Contemplate: Micah was a prophet around the same time as Isaiah. He spoke warnings to the kings of the southern Kingdom of Judah also around 730 BC. Just after Assyria had overrun the northern Kingdom of Israel and was marching toward Jerusalem, Micah tells of a ruler who will come from the tiny Israelite town of Bethlehem. God’s people will be abandoned until this ruler is born, which refers to the period of 400 years between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. When this new ruler comes on the scene, “He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord” (Micah 5:4). Just as David was a shepherd and set the pattern for the king of God’s people, so this new King will care for the flock of God. His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. 

Pray: Think about how Jesus cares for you as a shepherd would care for his sheep. He feeds you, he leads you to safety, he watches over your day and night. Praise him for being your shepherd.