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. Micah 5:2
In the past I have looked at today’s verse during the Christmas season it bear looking at as a messianic text. Micah lived during the 8th century BC so his placing the birthplace of the messiah in Bethlehem eight hundred years before the event certainly qualifies as prophetic. When we look at the prophesies that Jesus fulfilled this is one that is out of a person’s hands. We have no control over where and when we are born. When people argue that Jesus fulfilled prophesy intentionally so He would appear to be the Messiah usually leave this one out.
Yes Jesus could have chosen to enter Jerusalem on a donkey but not the place of birth. In fact the place of birth was out of Mary and Joseph’s hands. They were compelled by edict to travel to Bethlehem for the census.
Now, I am going to backtrack on what I just wrote. Jesus the man could not control most of the prophesy fulfillment during his life. However, Jesus, God was in total control. He did intentionally fulfill the Old Testament prophesies. Such is the dichotomy of Jesus, fully man and fully God.
Have a blessed day,