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Bible Commentaries

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Micah 5

Verses 1-15

Micah 5:2 “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” - Comments - Jesus has always been in existence, even before He took upon Himself the form of a servant.

Micah 5:2 Comments - As with many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, Micah 5:2 makes a reference to the first and the second comings of Jesus Christ. With His first coming, the prophet says that He will be born in the city of Bethlehem. At His Second Coming He will become Ruler over the people of Israel. We know that the Jews rejected the Messiah at His first coming and did not allow Him to rule over them. However, Israel will recognize the Messiah at His second coming and will allow Him to become their Ruler for eternity. The last part of this verse refers to Jesus’ divine nature, His pre-incarnate existence, by saying, “whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Thus, within this one short verse, we have a revelation of the Messiah’s identity in eternity past, in His incarnation and in eternity future.

Micah 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Micah 5:3 “will he give them up” Comments - Israel will reject Jesus, and he will go to the Gentiles until the fullness of the Gentiles come, that is, until all nations will hear the Gospel first (Matthew 24:0; Matthew 14:0, Mark 13:10).

Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Mark 13:10, “And the gospel must first be published among all nations.”

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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Micah 5". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/micah-5.html. 2013.