1. What kind of conflict (personal, societal, global) has been most affecting you recently? Share an example if you'd like.
2. We identified comfort, wealth, and power as three false substitutes for peace that we turn to - can you think of a way in which you trust in one of those in the midst of conflict?
3. The beginning of Micah 5 highlights the failure of trusting in a powerful leader for peace - can you think of a time when you experienced the failing of one of the idols we identified above?
4. God promises a bigger and better peace than what our idols can offer - how would you describe your understanding of the peace that God offers? What does it include?
5. Micah 5 promises that God will send an anointed leader to earth to usher in this peace. Matthew 2:5-6 helps us identify that leader as Jesus Christ. How has Jesus helped you experience peace in your life?
6. What are some ways you are still awaiting the full experience of the peace that Jesus promises to bring?
Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5 And he shall be their peace.
When the Assyrian comes into our land
and treads in our palaces,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight princes of men;
6 they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod at its entrances;
and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian
when he comes into our land
and treads within our border.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.