DECEMBER 4: MATCHSTICKS

MATCHSTICKS

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"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."
Micah 5:2
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Micah and Moresheth Gath.
What these names have in common is their obscurity.
The prophet Micah identifies Moresheth Gath as the town from which he hails but very little is known about the prophet himself.
We know that he was a contemporary of Isaiah and Hosea and that all three prophets published words of warning, decline, and judgement to God's people and then followed through with a theme of His mercy, compassion, and grace.
What we know of Moresheth Gath is that it lies approximately twenty-five miles southwest of Jerusalem; and was a agricultural community bordering Philistia and Judah.
This puts our prophet Micah outside of city limits and outside the seat of power.
It makes sense that his message resonates with concern to the outcast, downcast and less fortunate.
It makes sense that he bears personal witness to the consequence of evil power as it is being felt on the outskirts of the city.
Micah casts an "early light" into a great darkness and illumines the evil of man with the glory and hope of God, who shall fulfill His prophecy through the long awaited Christ, soon to come.
Hmmm ...
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What we read of the prophet and of God in these realities is provoking and powerful:
God highlights and derives glory from little men, little places, and through little means.
Like little "matchsticks" set to deliver a great light, He selects and ordains His small cast of men and receives heightened glory through them.
1) Micah of Moresheth Gath is a perfect representative to herald "Bethlehem Ephratah," as the "lowly" birthplace of the Christ.
2) Micah of Moresheth Gath is the perfect representative to speak to the Christ who will be born in a lowly manger in Bethlehem.
3) Micah of Moresheth Gath is the perfect representative to speak to God's emphatic deliverance of men in low circumstance who will be rescued, redeemed, and given refuge in the birth of His one and only Son, Jesus.
4) And this makes "us" perfect witnesses to declare His glory.
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The words of Paul resound in the reading and pondering of this passage and provide illustrative fuel for God's people:
"For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are; that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; That according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
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There's Micah the Moreshite, and you and me.
There's Bethlehem Ephratah and Jesus Christ.
And there's God Almighty above us all,
conveying His One and only,
 and giving us hope.
To Him be all glory.
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STUDY FOR GROWTH:
1) Read through the book of Micah today along with Matthew 2.
2) Reflect and record insights about the location and vocation of both Micah and the Christ and draw comparisons and conclusions.
3) Reflect on "your" life and ask God to use your "littleness" for His greatness and glory.
See what He does.