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Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 22

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[a] 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.” Micah 5:2 (NIV)

When the wise men came to Jerusalem to ask where the King of the Jews had been born, King Herod called together those who would know. Those who had studied the prophets replied that it would be in Bethlehem and quoted from the prophet Micah. So Herod gave the wise men directions to Bethlehem. But we notice that nobody read for Herod the last part of the prophecy, very significant words. They tell us that Jesus came from eternity. The word that Micah used translated in our verse as “from ancient times” meant “from time out of mind” – from eternity. 

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