December 20 | Daily Devotion

December 20 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.” ~Micah 4:1

The prophets, as we have already learned, often tell about the near and the distant future. (Of course, from their perspective, it is all the future.) In this section, Micah tells of the day when Jerusalem will once again become the center of the world and Mount Zion the greatest mountain in the world.

Mount Zion’s name is derived from the Hebrew words for castle or tower and mountain. “Tower mountain” or “castle mountain” are fitting meanings for the place where the nations will come to worship and to learn about God. Yes, both worship and learning will continue on the new earth. Because God is infinite, there will never come a time when we will say I have learned all there is to know about God and His world. Exploring God’s character and His creation will take forever. (I hope I’m part of the teaching team!)

According to Micah’s account, beginning at the time when Jerusalem is restored, there will be peace on earth. People will plant their vineyards and enjoy their homes without fear. Weapons of war will be broken down to make useful things. Nations will no longer battle because the king of the earth will settle all disputes. Who will this ruler be? Micah’s answer is detailed: He will be born in the obscure town of Bethlehem and face both rejection and outright violence to his body. However, this mysterious person born in a nondescript town has origins that are old and rooted in the most ancient of times. This new ruler will shepherd the people of God and bring peace to the earth.

He is the Christ and we await His return even now.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.