Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, & Micah: Day 24

From Defeated Ruler to Conquering King

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Today's Text: Micah 5:1-15, Psalm 72:1-11, Luke 1:26-33

Scripture Reading: Micah 5:1-15, Psalm 72:1-11, Luke 1:26-33

The weight of the gospel sunk deep into my bones when I started looking for Jesus on every page of His Word. Sure, He’s in the Gospels. Paul mentions Jesus often in his letters too. I even knew Jesus got the occasional Old Testament shout out in places like Isaiah chapter 9: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…” (v. 6).

But as God graciously grew my understanding of His Word, He also helped me see that the gospel is the thread stitching the entire Bible together. Jesus weaves in and out of every book. He is the point of every chapter and verse.

Suddenly, I saw Jesus at creation when the Godhead declared, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26, emphasis mine).  

I recognized Him at the first Passover (Exodus 12). As the Israelites sprinkled their doorposts with the blood of a spotless lamb, they were acting out the gospel. When the angel of death passed over God’s people because of the blood of that lamb, God was shooting up a beacon of hope throughout history. Jesus’ blood would soon save us from death’s wrath in much the same way. Our sin would be passed over because of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf.

As I read about the scarlet cord Rahab the prostitute threw from her window as a sign of deliverance (Joshua 2), I saw the gospel thread there too. For I am a sinner who deserves destruction, yet Christ’s blood is the symbol that I shall be delivered from my enemies and some day live at peace with God’s people in the promised land. Here, in Micah 5, we find a prophet picking up the needle and threading it with the gospel story once again.

We’ve seen enough kids’ Christmas programs to recognize the significance of Bethlehem. It is the spot on the map where Christ was born in a stable “for there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). We’ve probably also seen Jesus painted as a shepherd in a Sunday school classroom or two. There are enough dots here for us to connect and realize that Micah is prophesying about Jesus. But let’s look at Micah’s words again, searching for every fray of that gospel thread. Don’t race past this. The implications are too wonderful:

“But you, O Bethlehem… from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from old, from ancient days… and he shall be their peace.”
- Micah 5:2, 5

Jesus was always at work to come and rescue us, from the moment He poured the foundations of the earth. Way back in the ancient of days, He was already riding toward us with redemption on His mind. Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of man was always Plan A. No Plan B is necessary.

When I worry my sin might make the gospel give way, when I secretly fear I’m the one sinner whose brokenness grace isn’t big enough to cover, I can open God’s Word and trace the gospel thread back to the start. There I find Jesus, the Hero throughout the ages, who always had a plan to win me back, and I see that hope was always on the way. We were never for one nanosecond without the promise of it.

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

  • Lauren T

    Beautiful, just beautiful!

  • Kristen Clegs

    I’ve been struggling to follow Micah’s train of thought, so I looked up the theme:
    1. A true relationship with God is inextricably linked to how we treat one another.
    2. Micah contrasts Judah’s sinful kingdom with God’s righteous and just messianic kingdom.

  • Amen and amen. Jesus is our peace, our perfect savior now and tomorrow. I often turn to the Valley of Vision: Puritan Prayers, and this opened today. My prayer today and tomorrow and the next…till He calls me to Home.

    Thou God of Grace: Thou has given me a Saviour – produce in me a faith to live by him, to make him all my desire, all my hope, all my glory. May I enter him as my refuge, build on him as my foundation, walk in him as my way, follow him as my guide, conform to him as my example, receive his instructions as my prophet, rely on his intercession a my high priest, obey him as my king.
    May I never be ashamed of him or his words, but joyfully bear his reproach, never displease him by unholy or imprudent conduct, never count it a glory if I take it patiently when buffeted for a fault, never make the multitude my model, never delay when thy word invites me to advance.
    May thy dear Son preserve me from this present evil world, so that it smiles never allure, nor its frowns terrify, nor its vices defile, nor its errors delude me. May I feel that I am a stranger and a pilgrim on earth, declaring plainly that I seek a country, my title to it becoming daily more clear, my meetness for it more perfect, my foretastes of it more abundant; and whatsoever I do may it be done in the Saviors’s name.

    • Emily B.

      That’s a lovely prayer. Thank you for sharing!

    • Claire

      I love that book! I gave mine to a friend in need and while cleaning out my MIL’s house found another one. This one I am keeping. They are great gifts for people who are going through a season of not finding the words to pray. I always turn here or to Psalms in dark hours.

    • Kristen Clegs

      ❤️

    • Karen From Virginia

      Thanks for the reminder! I need to find that book. I also had cd of music from the prayers.

  • Caroline

    Amen! Who are we to think that our sin or our problem is bigger than what Jesus did on the cross? He paid for it ALL!

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  • Diane Huntsman

    “When I worry my sin might make the gospel give way, when I secretly fear I’m the one sinner whose brokenness grace isn’t big enough to cover, I can open God’s Word and trace the gospel thread back to the start. There I find Jesus, the Hero throughout the ages, who always had a plan to win me back, and I see that hope was always on the way. We were never for one nanosecond without the promise of it.”
    And the angels in heaven sing hallelujah!! Love this paragraph!!!!!!

  • I absolutely love this. I’m on the upswing from a season of struggling with whether or not I committed the unforgivable sin (divorce) and whether or not I could/ would be forgiven. God has been good to me and has used this as a time of real spiritual growth. Jesus- Plan A demonstrates all the more the omnipotence and perfect timing of God our Father.

    • CJ

      Pam – you dont need to be so hard on yourself. Forgiven and loved and cherished. Live in this freedom! <2

    • Bea

      Do not be afraid Pam. Jesus will tell you so. He is faithful and just to forgive all sins (1 John 1:19), it’s only unpardonable if you turn away from the One who can forgive. Rest in His love and faithfulness sister!

      • Kristen Clegs

        This study magnified to me God’s knowledge of how sinful each of us are, how broken and prone to error we are. But Christ is always holding out restoration when we repent.
        We may live with consequences but we don’t have to live with guilt. Guilt is a tool of Satan to incapacitate us from being effective for our Lord. Don’t underestimate God’s power to turn your situation into something that glorifies Him, as unimaginable as that may seem now!

    • Karen From Virginia

      Praying for you. Grieve the loss and allow God in. The scriptures we are reading repeatedly say “Return To me”. That’s Jesus’ heart towards you—Come! Lay your burden on Him. Let Jesus restore you with fresh hope. He is the God of new beginnings.

  • Peyton Gullatte

    This helped me grasp the idea of the trinity a bit better. Plan A – the Everlasting God!!

  • Love this and the history shown in God’s word! Jesus is our help and salvation, there are reminders everywhere to show us this. The Bible is full of the promises of redemption, love, healing and power of our beautiful Jesus!

  • Two months from today is Christmas Day (can you believe that?) when we traditionally celebrate the birth of Christ. But today, I’m downright giddy as I read the promises in the Scripture & am having a party in my spirit at the beautiful gifts I receive every day as a daughter of this wonderful Deliverer King Jesus!!

  • Two months from today is Christmas Day (can you believe that?) when we traditionally celebrate the birth of Christ. But today, I’m downright giddy as I read the promises in the Scripture & am having a party in my spirit at the beautiful gifts I receive every day as a daughter of this wonderful Deliverer King Jesus!

  • In this day and age, I cling to Micah 5:5 “And He will be their peace.”

  • Jesus as my peace is exactly what I need right now!

  • I love these verses today!

  • churchmouse

    It’s all about Jesus. Every jot and tittle of the Bible is about Him. He loves His created too much to hide Himself. He reveals Himself on every page so that all would know, that none would perish. 66 love letters indeed!

  • What greater love story is there?! Thank you, Jesus! ❤️

  • Erin Davis, thank you for writing a beautiful testimonial to how we can find Jesus if we are only willing to look. Sometimes I feel like I have a second pair of eyelids, invisible to everyone else, keeping me from seeing Jesus. Thank you for this reminder that I will see Him if only I am willing to fully use the eyes God gave me.

  • I am a mother of a little boy who loves super heroes. And aren’t they always saying “help is on the way!” But, in the last bit of the devotion Erin says “hope is on the way.” Maybe it’s a silly comparison, but it comforts my heart to know that hope has come and was always on the way. Jesus, the ultimate hero! I couldn’t not hear the parallels when I read that bit. While the human heroes we seek may offer help, the results are often temporary and can never truly save! But Jesus offers hope! And hope is eternal! And that set my heart on fire with joy!

    • Kay

      Allison, you are so right! Last year, our church did a year-long Bible study for elementary kids that they called “superheroes of the Bible.” My son absolutely loved it. They started in the old testament and the kids kept asking, “When are we going to get to Jesus?” It spoke to them exactly on their level. What a wonderful interpretation!

  • What’s most amazing is that the Saviour of the World desire a few minutes with me Dear Lord help me to forever remember what a Gift it is to sit with YOU like this website shereadstruth than You Lord for the tool people who create this website an Instrument in YOUR Hand grateful and blessed

  • Praise God!

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