Day 19: Great unto the Ends of Earth

Micah 5:2-5 says, But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” “Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.” “And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.” “And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.”

“In this chapter we have, I. A prediction of the troubles and distresses of the Jewish nation (v. 1). II. A promise of the Messiah, and of his kingdom, to support the people of God in the day of these troubles. 1. Of the birth of the Messiah (v. 2, v. 3). Of his advancement (v. 4). Of his protection of his people, and his victory over his and their enemies (v. 5, v. 6).” –Matthew Henry Commentary

I wanted to post Matthew Henry’s commentary because I felt like it does a good job summarizing these scriptures for us to understand. What we learn from these scriptures is that the nation of Israel would face troubled times, but that God was sending a Messiah to support them, protect them, and save them from those troubles. We learn that the birth of Jesus is not just the Jewish people’s saving grace, but that it is ours as well. With Jesus, there is always victory over our troubles and our enemies. With Jesus, there will be victory unto the ends of the earth and forever.

We live in a world today that is very dark spiritually. Within our world there are no certainties or constants that we can depend on. At any moment, anything could happen to us, our families, or even strangers. We are not promised tomorrow, but we are always promised victory with Jesus Christ. This world can be a scary place, with all of its crime and sin running amuck, but even with its scariness, we can take comfort in knowing that with Jesus in our hearts and lives, we don’t have to be scared.

Jesus was sent to us to be our Savior, our protector, our comforter, and our friend. He came to earth to save us from this dark and scary world and to save us from our sins. When we come to Jesus, repenting of our sins, we are freeing ourselves of all the darkness and being gifted the promise of an eternal life, worshiping at the throne of Jesus.

It is promised to us that Jesus will be great unto the ends of earth. With that promise, we know that God is the beginning and the end, meaning that His greatness will never run out or disappear. God will always be great and we will always have our Savior Jesus to help us along the way.

We have an eternal promise for a bright, eternal future.

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