Pastor Ronnie McDougall : The Unexpected King

Snapshots of a Savior · 30:21 · Recorded December 13, 2020

The Unexpected King

Micah 5:1-6 (NLT) Mobilize! Marshal your troops! The enemy is laying siege to Jerusalem. They will strike Israel’s leader in the face with a rod. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf. The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies until the woman in labor gives birth. Then at last his fellow countrymen will return from exile to their own land. And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. Then his people will live there undisturbed, for he will be highly honored around the world. And he will be the source of peace. When the Assyrians invade our land and break through our defenses, we will appoint seven rulers to watch over us, eight princes to lead us. They will rule Assyria with drawn swords and enter the gates of the land of Nimrod. He will rescue us from the Assyrians when they pour over the borders to invade our land.

1. He is the All-Time King.

Micah 5:2 (NIV) “…out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Ephesians 1:19–21 (NLT) I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.

2. He is the Humble King.

Matthew 2:4-6 (NLT) He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Philippians 2:5-7 (NLT) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,…

3. Make him Your King today.

Psalm 56:4 (NIV)  In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Talk It Over…
  • What good things have come to you in small packages?

  • Reread Micah 5:1-6. Compare the hopelessness in verse 1 with the security and peace in verses 4 & 5. What does that contrast mean?

  • What kings in your life tend to challenge the place in your heart of “The King”?

  • What is one way you can imitate Christ’s humility this coming week?

  • Read the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12). In your journey towards God, how are you like the Magi? Unlike them? Have you had to leave anything to follow Jesus? What is the “gold, incense, and myrrh” in your life, and have you offered this to Jesus?

  • If you collected all the tears you shed in recent years, how much water would you have: A glass? Bucket? Swimming Pool? Niagara Falls? Read Psalm 56:1-4 and reflect back on the silliest thing(s) you have been afraid of.

  • How are you making him your KING today?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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