Micah 5 Are you a puzzle fan? Have you ever worked hours on a jigsaw puzzle only to realize that one piece is missing? How frustrating! Micah has placed a puzzle in scripture that we might glean insight into our Messiah. While the kingdom of Judah was preparing for war again, Micah was on the scene to forecast a ruler to come that would be the source of peace. But, like the religious leaders of Jesus’ time, they missed the markers. Jesus reminded them: You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me, [Joh 5:39]
They had poured over the scriptures but the words of Isaiah 53 and Micah 5 seemed to be hidden to their understanding. And then there is the befuddlement of why the religious leaders never asked Jesus about his birthplace. And the powerful evidence in the healing of the blind man of John 9. As he stood before them they bluntly said: We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man comes from! If they had only asked him yet they NEVER ONCE inquired! We wonder why? Jesus tells them what the missing puzzle piece is: “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains.”
The blind man understood what the scholars had missed. This man was the prophesied Messiah from Bethlehem. Have you found the missing puzzle piece to your quest for the Messiah? It is right there in Micah 5.