DCLM DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2023 (OCCUPY FOR THE MESSIAH)
TOPIC : OCCUPY FOR THE MESSIAH
Text: Micah 5:1-8 (KJV)
[a]Marshal your troops now, city of troops,
for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler.
on the cheek with a rod.
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans[b] 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.”
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned.
until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return.
to join the Israelites.
4 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 they will live securely, for then his greatness.
will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be our peace.
when the Assyrians invade our land
and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
even eight commanders,
6 who will rule[c] the land of Assyria with the sword,
the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.[d]
He will deliver us from the Assyrians
when they invade our land
and march across our borders.
7 The remnant of Jacob will be
in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
like showers on the grass,
which do not wait for anyone
or depend on man.
8 The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,
in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which mauls and mangles as it goes,
and no one can rescue.
KEY VERSE: “And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.” – (Micah 5:7)
The prophecy about the birth of the Messiah as revealed to Joseph by angel Gabriel was that He would be called Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins. Salvation from sin extends to salvation and deliverance from the power of the enemies. Jesus came to save the believers from their enemies and from the hands of those that hate them so that they could serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness, all the days of their lives.
The text under consideration is about Jesus Christ, the expected Messiah, the root of Jesse, born in Bethlehem, the home base of David, whose dynasty was guaranteed by God to last forever. Before His birth, Israel was troubled and oppressed by enemies. But when He came, He went everywhere preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God. However, when He comes the second time, the scattered nation of Israel will be united under His rule, and He will feed and nourish them. His kingdom of peace and bliss will be from eternity to eternity.
The remnant of Jacob, that is, the people of God will take His truth (the gospel) to all nations so that His kingdom will cover the whole world. Like the dew, they will be the means of refreshment and new life to those who seek God. But like a lion, they will be the means of destruction to those who oppose Christ and His kingdom.
Are you one of the ambassadors of Christ that are taking the gospel to the four corners of the earth? Are you a means of refreshing to the world around you? Have you allowed the Prince of Peace to rule your heart and life? Are you a friend of the Prince of Peace or a foe to Him? Make sure nothing hinders you from being a partaker of the reign of peace and splendour of Christ’s kingdom. Settle the sin problem through repentance and allow Christ to be your Lord and Saviour.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
If you’ve got a stake in Christ, stick out and share Him with others.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Matthew 26
Daily Manna is the daily devotional of the Deeper Christian Life Bible Ministry (DCLM) written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi. It is an extraction of God’s Word designed to draw the sincere seeker closer to God on a daily basis through an insightful exposition and analysis of God’s Word.
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