Whether you start decorating and celebrating Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving or AFTER Thanksgiving we’re talking about it today. Micah 5 reminds us that the upcoming Messiah will come from the lineage of David and just like David was an unlikely king, the upcoming Savior King will come from an unlikely place, Bethlehem. This Messiah will not only be King over all but a true Shepherd to His people gathering them back together as they are scattered.
I love how these themes (Messiah King and Shepherd) is placed in an Old Testament books that is known as a JUSTICE book from a “justice” minor prophet along with the book of Micah. Although you can find more on God’s justice through Micah 2-3 and 6-7 we see how God is still a gracious savior to sinners and a shepherd to those he loves, along with justice. In fact, many have compared the justice and mercy of God to a two-sided coin that cannot exist without the other.
Based off of today’s scripture and Jumpstart post, do you decorate or celebrate Christmas before or after thanksgiving (comment below)? JK.
What did you get out of today’s devotion? How has God been just yet merciful in your life? How is He a shepherd to you?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor