bible based christian daily devotional

Do you see an inappropriate ad? PLEASE REPORT IT!

Categories

Worthy Devotions - Bible Based Christian Daily Devotional

Expect His Coming!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 (4:35 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions.

Micah 4:8;5:2 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

There are many who are not aware of the very deep significance of Bethlehem,Yeshua's (Jesus') birthplace. Everyone knows that Bethlehem was a place where shepherds grazed their sheep, and where the Messiah was to be born, but do not realize that it was a town designated as the birthing place for lambs which were used for the Passover sacrifice. The Scriptures give significant details about this little town lying slightly south of Jerusalem.

In Micah 4:8 we read about the "watchtower of the flock", or in Hebrew, "Migdal Edar." According to the "Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah", by Alfred Edersheim, a Jewish believer in the late 1800's, Migdal Edar was the location where the Messiah was to be revealed. This watchtower stood as a place of protection for the city from approaching enemies, but it was also utilized by shepherds to watch over the specific flocks from which sacrificial Passover lambs were taken.

The shepherds who were tending these particular flocks were no ordinary shepherds. They were specifically trained by the Rabbis for a holy task. They had to insure that, as much as possible, every lamb was free of any blemish or injury, in order to be used for the Passover sacrifice. Since they were instructed by the Rabbis, they almost certainly knew of those passages in the Targums (Aramaic translations) and the Mishna associating the birth of the Messiah with "Migdal Edar". For example, Migdal Edar is translated in one of the Targums as "The Anointed One of the Flock of Israel." It is also written in the Mishna that "He spread his tent beyond Migdal Edar, the place where King Messiah will reveal Himself at the end of days."

Those shepherds had strong hints of Messiah's advent in the very town where they lived, so that when the angelic host appeared announcing his arrival, they responded immediately and went to worship Him. We too have increasing signs of His soon Second Coming. Are we also prepared to respond? Our readiness to act in faith and worship will show how well we understand the signs of our own times. With so much work to be done, let us stay awake and be inspired by the expectation of his soon arrival – for, just like those shepherds of Bethlehem, we truly were born for such a time as this!

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy Devotions. All rights reserved.

One Response to “Expect His Coming!”

  1. Shawn Larson Says:

    I have really missed the daily devotions. They really hit me where I am at. I am a newcommer here so I have only started enjoying them recently, so I am going back to older ones that I have never seen before but would love to see some new ones again. Thanks for taking time to do these they are a real blessing to me.

Leave a Reply




Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
Your email address:
First Name:
Last Name:
Enter security code:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Worthy Brief - 7/23/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/22/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/21/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/18/2014
Worthy Brief - 7/17/2014
  • Most Popular Posts


  • World News
    Islamic State Destroys 1,800-Year-Old Church
    Iran Calls on Resistance Groups to 'Ink Defense Pact' Against Israel (Video)
    Militia Blamed for Benghazi Attack Moved Next Door to Consulate Before Attack
    Islamic State Campaigns Water War to Drive Out Christians
    Antisemitic Protests Erupt Around the World
    'Intifada' Erupts in Paris Results in Firebombed Jewish-owned Stores, Synagogues (Video)
    Iran Has Another Four Months to Enrich Uranium as Negotiations Extended, Receives Another $2.8 Billion
    Israel News
    Protective Edge Enters its 16th Day, Two IDF Soldiers Killed
    UN Finds Rockets in a School for the Second Time
    Israel Dismantling 'Underground' Gaza
    IDF Soldier Missing in Gaza, Presumed Dead; Soldier Kidnapped Claims Hamas
    US, UN Pressing Hard for Ceasefire in Gaza
    Seven Soldiers Killed; Sudanese Munitions Warehouse Destroyed
    Hamas Enters Israel Through Tunnels, Immediately Neutralized (Video)
    U.S. News
    GAO: Almost All Fake Obamacare Insurance Applications Approved
    CDC Director Warns of 'Post-Antibiotic' Era (Video)
    Delta, US Airways Stop Flights to Israel
    Federal Appeals Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Illegal
    Texas to Send National Guard Troops to Border
    California: New Handgun Restrictions Signed into Law
    More IRS Emails Lost in Connection to Tea Party Scandal
    Christian News
    Christianity and Non-Hindu Religious Activity Banned
    Islamic State to Christians in Mosul: Convert or Die
    Buddhists Launch Anti-Christian Campaign
    Sudanese Family Drops Suit Against Christian Daughter
    Chinese Pastor Sentenced to 12 Years
    Christian Pastor Arrested in Iran
    Sweden: Midwife Fired for Refusing to Perform Abortions
    Great Reading Material
    Add our Daily Christian Devotion
    You can add our daily Christian devotional to your sites for FREE!

    You can get more information, please go to Worthy Webmaster.
    Link to our Daily Christian Devotional
    Help others find Worthy Christian Devotions! Use this code to link to Worthy Christian Devotions on your web page:

    <a href="http://www.worthydevotions.com" title="Christian Devotions">Daily Christian Devotionals - Worthy Devotions</a>



    Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Christian Devotional – Daily Devotion » Expect His Coming!