Micah 5: Born in Bethlehem
I know that this is a little late, but allow me to wish you a Merry Christmas! Why is that relevant? In Micah 5, we receive a very interesting prophecy regarding the town of Bethlehem.
Mic 5:2 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.
Mic 5:3 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.
Mic 5:4 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.
Of course, we have to think about whether or not there might be another possibility for this ruler being born in Bethlehem. David was born in Bethlehem, so there had been some things from that town, but Micah is writing after David. It really didn’t make sense that it would be David.
Were there any other rulers born in Bethlehem?
It doesn’t seem to be the case that there were any other people who meet the criteria, and even if there was, this verse has deeper implications. The end of that verse talks about the fact that this king has been prophesied from old. From the Garden of Eden perhaps?
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
I suppose that someone could argue that this prophecy does not point to Jesus, but I don’t think that anyone else fits the criteria. He would need to be king, come from Bethlehem and the prophesied from old. There is no other qualifier in this race.