Our Daily Bread Devotional 2023

Our Daily Bread | 2 January 2023 (A Small Start)

Our Daily Bread | 2 January 2023 (A Small Start)

Our Daily Bread | 2 January 2023 (A Small Start)

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Read Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional Message January 2, 2023

Read and Digest OUR DAILY BREAD Devotional written By Tom Felten and was published to bless, inspire and uplift you every day as you benefit from the deep Insight of God’s infallible WORD.

TODAY’S TOPIC: A SMALL START

Bible In A Year: Genesis 4–6; Matthew 2

Key Verse: Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small . . . , out of you will come . . . [a] ruler over Israel. – Micah 5:2

Today’s Scripture: Micah 5:2–4

INSIGHT – 2ND JANUARY 2023 OUR DAILY BREAD:

Micah (which means “who is like the Lord?”) is among the twelve Old Testament books classified as Minor Prophets. The prophet Micah (eighth-century bc) was a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah. The book has three major sections (chs. 1–2; 3–5; 6–7) that all begin with the Hebrew word shama‘—“to hear” (1:2) or “listen” (3:1; 6:1). God called His people, particularly the leaders (chs. 2–3), to give heed to His words.

Micah’s writing includes one of most beloved passages in the Bible: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (6:8). The prophet’s words are found in the New Testament in two places: Micah 5:2 is seen in Matthew 2:6 (the prophecy of the Messiah’s birthplace), and Jesus quotes Micah 7:6 in Matthew 10:35–36. By: Arthur Jackson

OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE

The Brooklyn Bridge was considered “the eighth wonder of the world” upon its completion in 1883. But a single, slender wire strung from one bridge tower to the other was essential for the structure to come to fruition. Additional wires were added to the first until a massive cable, along with three others, was woven together. When finished, each cable—composed of more than five thousand galvanized wires—helped support the longest suspension bridge in its day. What started as something small turned into a huge part of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Jesus’ life began in a small way—a baby born and placed in a feeding trough in a tiny town (Luke 2:7). The prophet Micah prophesied His humble birth, writing, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel” (Micah 5:2; see also Matthew 2:6). A small start, but this ruler and shepherd would see His fame and mission “reach to the ends of the earth” (Micah 5:4).

Jesus was born in a small place in humility, and His life on earth ended as “he humbled himself” and died a criminal’s death on a “cross” (Philippians 2:8 nlt). But by His immense sacrifice He bridged the gap between us and God—providing salvation for all who believe. This season, may you receive God’s great gift in Jesus by faith. And if you do believe, may you humbly praise Him anew for all He’s done for you. By: Tom Felten

Today’s Reflection & Prayer:

What small or big thing is God doing in your heart? How will you humbly respond to Him?

Jesus, thank You for humbly coming to save me by Your great sacrifice.

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