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Micah 4:1

In the future the Lord’s Temple Mount will be the most important mountain of all; it will be more prominent than other hills. People will stream to it.

Christ is over all. Micah 4:7 says, "I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever." (NIV) This verse includes prophecy about the Church, about the position of Jesus in the last days, and so much more. Remember: the God who is sovereign in your life today will continue to be that same sovereign God tomorrow and forever. God is, and forever will be, in authority and that same God chose to make His home with you via the seal of the Holy Spirit. The One who is over all is with you. (Matthew 28:19-20)

1 Samuel 8:19-21

But the people refused to heed Samuel’s warning. Instead they said, “No! There will be a king over us!  We will be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us and lead us and fight our battles.”  So Samuel listened to everything the people said and then reported it to the Lord.

The people decided they wanted a King so that they could be like all the other nations and have someone to fight their battles for them. Later, Israel's army (led by King Saul) would stand before the Philistine army in terror at the sight of Goliath. Here, as they are choosing to have a King, Israel is forgetting that they serve a God who already fights for them, and that serving that God is far better than "being like all the other nations". God continues to unfold Israel's history through the many Kings that follow; and reserves David's line to reveal His Son Jesus.

1 Samuel 8:4-8

So all the elders of Israel gathered together and approached Samuel at Ramah.  They said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons don’t follow your ways. So now appoint over us a king to lead us, just like all the other nations have.”  But this request displeased Samuel, for they said, “Give us a king to lead us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.  The Lord said to Samuel, “Do everything the people request of you. For it is not you that they have rejected, but it is me that they have rejected as their king.  Just as they have done from the day that I brought them up from Egypt until this very day, they have rejected me and have served other gods. This is what they are also doing to you.

Israel does not recognize that God Himself is their true leader. Because of that partial blindness they become concerned about who leadership will pass to after Samuel's death. Samuel is a prophet who has served the Lord faithfully since his birth. Samuel is witnessing what God has already witnessed time and time again; that is Israel, as a nation, rejecting God. Appointing a King would set Israel in a different direction of governance and change things financially - and for all families in Israel. (Samuel 8:10-18)

Micah 2:12-13

I will certainly gather all of you, O Jacob, I will certainly assemble those Israelites who remain. I will bring them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in the middle of a pasture; they will be so numerous that they will make a lot of noise. The one who can break through barriers will lead them out they will break out, pass through the gate, and leave. Their king will advance before them, The Lord himself will lead them.

There is a promise to Israel that some of them will be gathered..."a remnant". "The One who breaks open the way" (NIV) is Jesus Christ. He is their King, just as He is the King of the Gentiles. This reinforces that the only way to God the Father or to heaven is through faith in Jesus Christ, and this applies to Israel as well. This is a prophecy about Jesus - the King who will come to save all. The Old Testament covenant paves the way to Christ! Obedience to God the Father is believing in God the Son.

Jeremiah 1:4-8

The Lord said to me,  “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you.Before you were born I set you apart.I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”  I answered, “Oh, Lord God, I really do not know how to speak well enough for that, for I am too young.”  The Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ But go to whomever I send you and say whatever I tell you.  Do not be afraid of those to whom I send you, for I will be with you to protect you,” says the Lord.

Just as the Lord knew Jeremiah before He formed him in the womb, so He also knows each one of us. Remember that it is the Lord who imagined and crafted our design even before we were conceived. Also like Jeremiah, there are times when we are called to go into situations where we do not feel confident. Perhaps we feel we are somehow not equipped to do what the Lord is asking of us. In response to that feeling of inadequacy, our Lord replies, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will rescue you". (NIV) The Lord is with you today, and every day.