Micah 5* The birth of Christ and conversion of the Gentiles. (1-6) Thetriumphs of Israel. (7-15)1-6 Having showed how low the house of David would be brought,a prediction of the Messiah and his kingdom is added toencourage the faith of God's people. His existence from eternityas God, and his office as Mediator, are noticed. Here isforetold that Bethlehem should be his birthplace. Hence it wasuniversally known among the Jews, #Mt 2:5|. Christ's governmentshall be very happy for his subjects; they shall be safe andeasy. Under the shadow of protection from the Assyrians, is apromise of protection to the gospel church and all believers,from the designs and attempts of the powers of darkness. Christis our Peace as a Priest, making atonement for sin, andreconciling us to God; and he is our Peace as a King, conqueringour enemies: hence our souls may dwell at ease in him. Christwill find instruments to protect and deliver. Those thatthreaten ruin to the church of God, soon bring ruin onthemselves. This may include the past powerful effects of thepreached gospel, its future spread, and the ruin of allantichristian powers. This is, perhaps, the most importantsingle prophecy in the Old Testament: it respects the personalcharacter of the Messiah, and the discoveries of himself to theworld. It distinguishes his human birth from his existing frometernity; it foretells the rejection of the Israelites and Jewsfor a season, their final restoration, and the universal peaceto prevail through the whole earth in the latter days. In themean time let us trust our Shepherd's care and power. If hepermits the assault of our enemies, he will supply helpers andassistance for us. 7-15 The remnant of Israel, converted to Christ in theprimitive times, were among many nations as the drops of dew,and were made instruments in calling a large increase ofspiritual worshippers. But to those who neglected or opposedthis salvation, they would, as lions, cause terror, theirdoctrine condemning them. The Lord also declares that he wouldcause not only the reformation of the Jews, but the purificationof the Christian church. In like manner shall we be assured ofvictory in our personal conflicts, as we simply depend upon theLord our salvation, worship him, and serve him with diligence.
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