Ruminations on Micah 5:7-9 | Tom Nettles — Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary

“The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or depend on man. 8The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of…

Ruminations on Micah 5:7-9 | Tom Nettles — Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary
Abstract

Our text sees the “remnant of Jacob” as “among many peoples” and “among the nations” (5:7a, 8a). This picks up the image of many peoples streaming to the mountain of the Lord to walk in the paths of the Lord, embrace his law, and adhere to his word (4:2). This theme of redemption coming to the nations was difficult to absorb by the Jews of the first century, but this was indeed the “plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things” that the remnant now known as the “church” would display the “manifold wisdom of God … according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In light of that divinely ordained principle, “the remnant of Jacob among many peoples,” Paul was given the grace “to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8-11).

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