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Day 4: The Messiah will Come from Bethlehem

Quiet Time Advent Bible Study

Throughout the Bible we read the central theme of waiting, anticipation and desire for the “coming”; the coming of our savior and our Lord.

Coming has been celebrated as a season, called Advent, throughout church history in the weeks prior to Christmas.

TJC as a body of believers will be studying the Bible together in the four major coming themes of hope, love, joy and peace.

Join us on this journey, as we all go deeper into the word. For many Bible study is an old habit, for others it’s intimidating. Press in with us and embrace spending quality time, reading and reflecting on brief verses, and hearing from God.

Each of four weeks we will be looking at an essential verse, each day that points to Christ as our hope, our love, our joy, and our sense of peace. Each week we will introduce a new skill for you to practice and use in drawing closer to our Lord Jesus. As we celebrate his coming and await his return.

 

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY

Week 1: HOPE

Day 4: The Messiah will Come from Bethlehem

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BIBLE STUDY

Now you shall gather yourself in troops,

daughter of troops.

He has laid siege against us.

They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.

2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

being small among the clans of Judah,

out of you one will come out to me that is to be ruler in Israel;

whose goings out are from of old, from ancient times.

3 Therefore he will abandon them until the time that she who is in labor gives birth.

Then the rest of his brothers will return to the children of Israel.

4 He shall stand, and shall shepherd in the strength of Yahweh,

in the majesty of the name of Yahweh his God:

and they will live, for then he will be great to the ends of the earth.

5 He will be our peace when Assyria invades our land,

and when he marches through our fortresses,

then we will raise against him seven shepherds,

and eight leaders of men.

Micah 5:1-5 (WEB)


COMMENTARY

The context of this verse from Micah is set in Israel, when it was divided, corrupt, and largely evil. The leaders had become morally bankrupt, cheating the weak and poor, and taking advantage of their positions. It was by large, a land of greed and theft. Micah was a prophet attempting to warn them of their ways, and letting them know that the wrath of God was coming. They would be invaded by a strong adversary, the Assyrians, and their entire realm would be turned to dust and ruin. Not real hopeful sounding, I know. But, each pass from Micah to warn them is accompanied with great hope.

Here in Micah 5: he’s also telling the people of the good news to follow. The destruction would be followed by a Messianic leader…born of a virgin. This Messiah would come from Bethlehem to rule The followers of God’s kingdom and wipe the nation clean from evil. He would bless all those that remained faithful to His word.

We may live in one of the most tumultuous times in recent history, but as we approach this Christmas, we remember that He is undefeated, He is unchanged. We have hope because God sent us His only son to pay for our sins and rule His kingdom on earth. This holds as true for us today as it did for the Israelites then. If He is for you, who can be against you?

QUIET TIME CHALLENGE

During this Advent, we are going to learn the Every Man a Warrior Method for Bible Study.


Click Here to See the Complete Study Method


Today, we focus on “Best Verse and Thought for the Day:”. What is your “Best Verse and Thought for the Day”?


  1. Find a Quiet Place.

  2. Pray to Jesus Christ and ask for his presence guiding you in your studies.

  3. Re-read the Verses Above and ask yourself:




Can you complete the TJC Quiet Time Challenge? We’re challenging men to follow the Every Man a Warrior Method for Bible Study. We have a special web page where you can do your quiet times in accordance with this amazing method. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR QUIET TIME JOURNAL


ABOUT EVERY MAN A WARRIOR

Every Man A Warrior is a discipleship Bible study that “Helps Men Succeed in Life". It helps them win the battles they fight every day. Since 2011, 50,000 men in 40 countries and in 18 languages have been impacted by the Every Man A Warrior curriculum. The Every Man A Warrior ministry joined Trans World Radio (TWR) in 2017 in order to take discipleship around the world. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EMAW and learn about how you can implement this training series in your men’s group.


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