Not only is the Old Testament relevant; it’s amazingly accurate. Last time, we looked at the Old Testament prophecy concerning the virgin birth, and now, we’re going to see another which pinpoints its exact location.
You see, the Old Testament not only predicted that it would happen, but also specified where it would happen.
Seven hundred years in advance.[i]
Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah; while Isaiah was sent to Judah, Micah primarily prophesied to Israel. At this time, both kingdoms were under attack by the dreaded Assyrians.
However, as we saw in Isaiah’s prophecy, Judah would not fall (but later be taken captive by the Babylonians); while Samaria, the capital of Israel, would soon be destroyed by the Assyrians (Micah 1:6).[ii]
The impending judgments of destruction and captivity seemed to spell the end of the Davidic line, but God had long ago promised that a king would not fail of the line of David (2 Samuel 7:13, Jeremiah 33:17). The One – The Messiah – from the line of David would come.
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting. (Micah 5:2 NKJV)
Flash forward those seven hundred years. The wise men of King Herod’s day studied the Old Testament scrolls and were keenly aware of what Micah had said. (Clearly, these wise men found studying the Old Testament worth their time!)
They also knew the prophecy which predicted “a Star shall come out of Jacob” (Numbers 24:17 NKJV).
Thus, when the wise men saw a brilliant star above Bethlehem, they were confident the King of the Jews had been born (Matthew 2:2).
Even more interesting is that King Herod didn’t dismiss them as crazy old men. Instead, his reaction gave validity to their assessment. Herod ordered the mass murder of all male babies in Bethlehem two years old and younger to eradicate any possible threat by another king to his throne (Matthew 2:16-18).
However, in His providence, God warned Jesus’ earthly father Joseph to take Mary and baby Jesus to Egypt to protect Him from Herod (Matthew 2:13).
Once again, the New Testament perfectly fulfilled the prediction of the Old Testament.
The Greatest Gift Possible
The Christmas miracle is God’s “indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15) of His most precious Son Jesus Christ who came to earth to redeem mankind – just as the Old Testament foreshadowed.
True satisfaction doesn’t come from getting a gift you won’t even remember this time next year; it comes from accepting the gift of God’s Son (John 3:16).
~ Miss Kristen
This article in its original form appeared in the Winter 2015 Issue of Girlz 4 Christ. I’m breaking it down here into three parts to share over the Christmas season.
[i] J. Vernon McGee, Jonah and Micah, chap. 5 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1991), Kindle edition.
[ii] McGee, Jonah and Micah, introduction.