Shortly after 5 p.m., on a cool Alabama evening 61 years ago this week, a 42-year-old woman clocked out from her job as a seamstress at the Montgomery Fair Department Store. Rosa Parks walked westward … (the rest is history; see Justin Taylor’s article on Rosa Parks, a woman who had an almost ‘biblical quality’).
This lede helps us understand that the struggles of our modern day are not unlike the struggles of centuries past, and we are not alone in longing for a leader, a King, who can set everything right — as it should be.
The famous passage in Micah 5 foretells the coming of the Messiah, a Savior who will right all the wrongs and set history at rights. What does it mean that this ruler, this King, is one “whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days”? What does it say about this King? About the needs of the world? About us?
Message title: The Once and Future King
Second Sunday of Advent
Scriptures: Isaiah 9:1-7
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
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Micah 5:1-6 (ESV)
The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
5 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5 And he shall be their peace.
When the Assyrian comes into our land
and treads in our palaces,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight princes of men;
6 they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod at its entrances;
and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian
when he comes into our land
and treads within our border.
Psalm 96:1-4, 10-13 (NLT)
1 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
4 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.
. . .
10 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
He will judge all peoples fairly.
11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
Let the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he is coming!
He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
and the nations with his truth.
This year we each of us are invited on an adventure to look up and love God first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.