Micah 5:2 NKJV
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”
One of the black-and-white Old Testament prophesies that pointed to the Messiah was by the Prophet Micah. As provided in our scripture of reference today, Micah pinpointed the birth place of the Messiah and His future calling as the “Ruler in Israel”. By the inspiration of the Spirit of God, Micah then mentioned a deep truth about the ‘past’ of the One to come: “Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting”, he said. Think about that. How did the Messiah (who was yet to be born) have “goings forth…from everlasting”? The Apostle John and the Prophet Isaiah said things by the Spirit that give us a clue to what Micah meant.
In John 1:1-2, the Apostle wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” Isaiah also heard the LORD saying, “For as the rain cometh down…So shall my word be that GOETH FORTH out of my mouth…” (Isa 55:10-11 KJV). From these texts, we get to understand that Jesus was and is the Word of God, Who went forth out of God’s mouth. What Micah was shown is that the Word already had many “goings forth” from the mouth of God the Father: before Creation (Mic 5:2); during Creation (Joh 1:3); and after Creation (Mat 4:4). Yes, even when Israel needed healing and deliverance in the wilderness, God “…sent [forth] His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psa 107:20 NKJV). Hallelujah!
Beloved, God has not gone silent; He is still speaking in these last days to us by His Son Jesus Christ (Heb 1:1-2). While He already ascended to heaven bodily, Jesus now also lives in us (who believe in Him) by the Holy Spirit (Joh 14:24; Col 1:27). This partly explains why, like Jeremiah, the words that come out of us (as inspired by the Spirit of God) carry power to “…uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant” (Jer 1:10 NIV). Hallelujah! The “goings forth” of the Word (Jesus) is still at work through the Church: the Body of Christ. Therefore, make use of your given dominion authority to live the abundant life that God has already planned for you through the power of His Word, backed by the glory of His Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!
Pastor. Emmanuel Odama