Break Out

Scripture: Micah 2:13, ‘One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.’


Observations: After announcing disaster and calamity (v3-5), and condemning false prophets (v6-11), Micah proclaims God’s deliverance (v12-13). God says, ‘I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. (v12)’ From having ‘no one in the assembly of the Lord (v5)’ God says, ‘the place will throng with people. (v12)’ Earlier Micah had lamented that disaster ‘has reached the very gates of Jerusalem, (1:9,12), but one is coming ‘who breaks open the way, who breaks through the gate and goes out.’ And this person is none other than ‘the Lord,’ ‘their king’ who leads his people to freedom. This beautifully describes the situation with Hezekiah and Sennacherib, the king of Assyria (2 Kgs 18-19). Sennacherib had conquered all of Israel and Judah except Jerusalem which he had besieged. But because Hezekiah turned to the Lord for help God sent his angel who killed 185,000 men in Sennacherib’s camp (2 Kgs 19:35). God delivered his people.


Application: God also delivers us. It’s not hard to see Jesus in this passage. Jesus is our King, who goes before us and defeats sin. Jesus is the first to defeat death, and through him we too can go through death into eternal life (1 Cor 15:20-23). In fact, Jesus calls himself the gate through which we enter God’s kingdom (Jn 10:1-9). Jesus has broken open the way and we follow him to freedom. Like Hezekiah, all we have to do is turn to the Lord in faith and we will be saved.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, the truth is that we are besieged by sin, and only death and destruction await us. And yet when we turn to You in faith and hope, You sent Your Son, Jesus, to rescue us, like Your angel rescued Hezekiah. In Christ sin has been defeated and You have set me free. And because Jesus rose again defeating death I can follow him knowing that I have eternal life. Lord, You are my King, who has gone before me, and I will gladly follow You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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