This verse describes the place where God's Son would be born. It was written approximately 400 hundred years in advance of the event. So we should not be surprised to discover that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Who arranged that?
We also have a confirmation in this verse that Messiah will be more than a man - his goings forth had been from of old, from everlasting. In other words he is an eternal being. Jesus corroborated this fact when he said in John's Gospel chapter eight, 'before Abraham was, I am'. The Jews knew that he was claiming to be eternal i.e. God, see John 10. 33, and a result wanted to execute him. Unbegun and unending existence is one of the key characteristics of God.
The third thing we discover here is that the one who comes i.e. Jesus, is to be a ruler, that is a King. Both Luke and John in their gospels list Jesus' family tree (Matthew 1/Luke 3) and demonstrate that Jesus was the rightful heir to the throne of Israel.
Three amazing facts all found in one verse strengthening my faith and confirming that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. It is this same Jesus who died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day.
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