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Micah 5:2

 

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah.
Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.
 

 

Luke 2:4, 5, 7

 

And because Joseph was a descendant of King David,

He had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home.

He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee.

He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.

 She gave birth to her first child, a son.

She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger,

Because there was no lodging available for them.

 

There are many things that confuse people about the Bible and Christianity.  Often times, we as Christians and ministers do very little to clear up these dilemmas.  Language is something that can be enlightening or confounding.  Look at the examples at the Tower of "Babble" (get it?) and the Day of Pentecost.  In one case, language separated God's people and in another, it united them!  Today we are going to deal with 1 of 44 instances of "Prophecy Fulfilled" in the Bible.  Does anyone even know what that phrase means?  We toss it around in every Biblical discussion and sermon.  Have you ever thought about what you are really saying?  Have you done the research to prove "Prophecy Fulfilled," so that you can help others understand?  No offense, but my guess is that you probably haven't, so let me help!  Our Scripture lesson today comes from both the Old and New Testament.  Micah is what Bible scholars call a "minor prophet."  The book of Micah is easy to miss, nestled in between Jonah and Nahum.  Most of the tone of Micah's writing is severe, as his main purpose for writing is to make the people face their sin and speak the Word of God, in warning about any persistent sin.  Within Chapter 5 of this very small book of the Bible, comes one of the most important prophecies of Scripture.  Micah tells us where Jesus will be born!  This is a rather big announcement from a minor prophet, don't you think?  It is one verse of Scripture.  Let's fast forward to the Gospel of Luke where we see "Prophecy Fulfilled."  The Bible tests itself about 700 years later.  Luke proclaims that Jesus, in fact, is born in Bethlehem.  "Prophecy Fulfilled!"  It is important for all of humanity to understand that the Bible is the true Word of God.  It does not argue with itself.  It is not in conflict.  The Bible is a true canon.  In my spare time, one of these days, it would be wonderful to write a book on the 44 prophecies fulfilled and do all of the comparisons.  Since my spare time is limited these days, today's comparison and research will have to do!  When you share your testimony with people, don't use "babble" they won't understand.  As we have already discussed, you have a 50-50 chance of success in terms of their comprehension.  Rather, be clear and explain how we as Christians can use the language, "Prophecy Fulfilled."  Your honest, well thought-out, not off-the-cuff testimony may be the only chance you have to explain God to that friend, family member, co-worker, or neighbor.  Don't try to impress.  Instead,  express for success.  Don't worry if you think you are a "minor prophet."  God uses everyone for His glory.  The correct, honest, and truthful language worked for Peter on the Day of Pentecost.  I promise it will work for you!