Reading: 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.
‘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 of old, from ancient times.’
Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labour bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
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.
And he will be our peace …
Micah 5:1-5a (NIV)
Pray: Father, we thank you for the prophesies of old that spoke clearly about the coming Messiah, the Christ. We praise you that these prophesies have been fulfilled in Jesus, your Son, who came into the world to save sinners. Amen