But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you will come forth to me the one to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting. ~ Micah 5:2 ~
This prophecy made over 700 years before Jesus was born gives the place of Messiah's birth. King David was born in Bethlehem and so, great David's greater Son would be born there. Furthermore, the name 'Bethlehem Ephrathah' means 'the house of bread, the fruitful one'.
Jesus said 'I am the bread of life' and 'I am the true vine'. He is the Ruler in Israel and this will become manifest at His second coming. Even now there are many Hebrew believers in Jesus. His existence is eternal. This is expressed in the words 'from everlasting', literally 'from days of eternity'. We share in His life when we trust Him as our Lord and Saviour.
Written by Pastor Frank Humphrey.