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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem . . .

Micah 5:1) 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.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Sign of Immanuel (The Messiah would be born of a virgin)

Isaiah 7:10) Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11) "Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven." 12) But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test." 13) And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15) He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16) For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. 17) The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father’s house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria."
18) In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19) And they will all come and settle in the steep ravines, and in the clefts of the rocks, and on all the thornbushes, and on all the pastures.
20) In that day the Lord will shave with a razor that is hired beyond the River—with the king of Assyria—the head and the hair of the feet, and it will sweep away the beard also.
21) In that day a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep, 22) and because of the abundance of milk that they give, he will eat curds, for everyone who is left in the land will eat curds and honey.
23) In that day every place where there used to be a thousand vines, worth a thousand shekels of silver, will become briers and thorns. 24) With bow and arrows a man will come there, for all the land will be briers and thorns. 25) And as for all the hills that used to be hoed with a hoe, you will not come there for fear of briers and thorns, but they will become a place where cattle are let loose and where sheep tread.