A perspective on the 5th chapter of Micah whose name means:
Who is Like The LORD
“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 old from Days of Eternity (ancient times). He will Stand and Shepherd His flock in the Strength of the LORD, in the Majesty of the NAME of The LORD His GOD and He will be their Peace” Mi.5:2,4,5. Wow isn’t that an Amazing prophetic Word, and this can only be speaking of the One and only Yeshua ha Mashiach ישוע המשיח! We know him as Jesus The Christ or Messiah which is to mean “Anointed One“.
Born in a manger in Bethlehem, Judea. We often imagine Jesus as this little baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, just as the lambs for temple sacrifice were. Many Christians around the world still identify Him as just that, a baby. The bible informs us that he grew in wisdom and stature with God and man Lk 2:52. He did not remain as a child. He went around the countryside of Galilee and Judea declaring The Kingdom of God and performing an abundance of miracles, so many that The Apostle John states that he did so many that all the books in all the world could not contain them. That IS ANointed! In Judaism, there was an established sacrificial system of worship, an atoning sacrifice of a Lamb without blemish, perfect in form without injury or defect. Bethlehem was the location of which these ceremonial lambs were birthed and protected until their time of offering, at one year of age, to ensure they were as “perfect” as could be for the “Passover” offering. Spring time occurrences (both birth and Passover) Such rich symbolism.
He was led like a Lamb to the cross were He was offered up as an atoning sacrifice for ALL humankind. He Always Was and Always Will Be “The Lamb slain from the foundations of the world” (Rev. 13:8 ) As followers of Christ “Christians” we must know how to be The Lamb. Anointed in Christ Jesus so that we too to as declared in Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound and again in the NT Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To proclaim the Year of the LORD’s favor”. And to bear our cross!
Our journey does not stop there brothers and sisters, yet we must fully understand what it is and how to be a Lamb. For then Micah prophesies in verses (7,8,9,11,-14) a “Remnant” will arise( 7 Shepherds/even 8 leaders of men), this “remnant” will be like A Lion, like a young lion, “Your hand will be lifted up in Triumph over your enemies. and ALL your foes will be Destroyed”! It even gives us the name of the enemy and the strongholds to demolish. The Assyrian and Nimrod oh we should know our enemy dear Christian they have been around from the beginning. As The LION and as young lions, Christ Jesus The Lion and His church young lions, this “Remnant” shall “..tear down your strongholds, destroy your witchcraft and no longer cast spells, destroy your carved images and sacred stones, and uproot from among you your Asherah poles. After Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan by John it says He was led by The Spirit and after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was then “tempted” by the ENEMY, at one of these strongholds; and Jesus defeated him there. A place of (Moon worship a high place near Jericho). At another Stronghold Jesus asked His disciples “whom do You say I AM”? This was at the stronghold of Mt. Hermon, Pan’s cave. When Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected it says that He paraded around these defeated foes. We also like Our Lion Leader must triumph and roar in conquest over these enemies of man’s souls. So yes we fellow Christ followers must know how to be a lamb before we can be the lion. Yet in Truth we must know how to operate under the anointing and authority to be Both The Lion and The Lamb! .
Only when we fully understand who and what we are In Christ, can we function and operate in ALL that He has already provided. Go in Power Go in Peace Go in the Authority and Strength of The NAME of The LORD Our GOD!