Does Micah 5:2 Prove The Messiah is God?

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Recently I have written a number of articles refuting the Deity of the Messiah in the Old Testament. I got a lot of responses from Christians and surprisingly non of them have yet addressed any of my points, I had raised against Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 7:13-16 “Immanuel” and Daniel 7:13-14. What they did, is brought other verses to defend the deity of the Messiah. One passage I have frequently seen Trinitarian’s quote is Micah 5:2.

New American Standard Bible (©1995) Micah 5:2 “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.”

According to Christians because the words: “His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity” (Trinitarian translation), it automatically makes the person God. I have a few questions. If the person has “origins” (“goings forth”), how can he be a “God?” We know The Almighty Creator does not have an “origin.” The verse is saying the person has a beginning and we know that God does not have a beginning and thus the verse debunks Trinitarian’s. We see the same words that are used in Micah 5:2 has been used in Micah chapter 7 and several other places in the Old Testament.

New American Standard Bible (©1995) Micah 7:14 Shepherd Your people with Your scepter, The flock of Your possession Which dwells by itself in the woodland, In the midst of a fruitful field. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead As in the days of old.

Notice how in Micah 5:2 they have written “From the days of eternity.” But when it comes to Micah 7:14 they have written “in the days of old.” In both passages the Hebrew words that are used is “yowm owlam” (יום עולם). How come for one they write one thing and for the other something else? You see from here Trinitarian’s love twisting and changing words. Here are few more passages:

New American Standard Bible (©1995) Micah 5:20 You will give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which You swore to our forefathers From the days of old.

New American Standard Bible (©1995) Psalms 44:1 For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old.

Again we see from the Trinitarian side inconsistency. While they write in Micah 5:2 “HIS GOINGS FORTH ARE FROM LONG AGO”. When it comes to the above verses, they translate it as “From the days of old.” Question: The same Hebrew words that are used in both passages just as Micah 5:2, why can’t these people be equally Gods just as Yahweh? The Hebrew word that are used if someone wants to do some research is “yowm qedem” (יום קדם). We see the Trinitarian translators have deliberately changed the wordings in the English translations to make it out to the people that the passage is saying the person In Micah 5:2 is “Yahweh in flesh,” he “existed before eternity.” Other passages which have the same exact Hebrew words as Micah 5:2 is: Psalms 77:5, Psalms 143:5, Isaiah 19:11 Lamentations 1:7, Lamentations 5:21 and many more passages.

Bible Commentary on Micah 5:2

Professor D. Winton Thomas says:

The exile and the return to Jerusalem are here presupposed. A Messiah who will belong to one of the oldest families, that of David (Ezek. 34:23f. ; Am 9:11), will come out of Bethlehem Ephrathah, despite its insignificance ( 2; MT 2:5). Until his birth Israel will be given up Yahweh.[1]

Notice how Winton makes no mention of the person being a “GOD” Divine in nature. He states “A Messiah who will belong to one of the oldest families.” So the verse is talking about Jesus genealogy from David’s blood line. Harper Collins Commentary writes:

“The third ‘now’ oracle declares that a ruler will emerge to shepherd God’s people in an appropriate manner. Bethlehem, the family home of King David (cf. 2 Sam 16:1) will be this leaders birthplace. The distress described (5:1) maybe related to Sennacherib’s attack in 701 B.C.  but the specific terminology used (“siege”) suggests  the Babylonian attack a century later (ct. 2 kings 24:10; 25:21; Jer 52:5). [2]

Harper Collins makes 2 things clear 1. He does NOT mention nothing about a person being “God.” 2. Micah 5:2 when taking literally it is to do with the “Babylonian attack”, that happened long before Jesus. Here is what he said: “but the specific terminology used (“siege”) suggests  the Babylonian attack a century later.” According to Harper, the Prophecy in Micah 5:2, was fulfilled a century later, long before Jesus was born.

What is Micah 5:2 about?

The passage in Micah 5:2 is talking a about person’s genealogy whether that is Jesus or not, that is not the point of the article but my main focus is somehow the person is “GOD” according to Trinitarian’s. Secondly when some translators, translate the word “awlom” as “eternity”, that is false, it is just saying that he will come from an OLD family line, ancient blood line. If we use Jesus for Micah 5:2 that it is talking about the Messiah. Yes, Jesus ancestral lines in Bethlehem is very old, is very ancient. Another thing to Note is the verse does NOT say: “From ME will come for you.” The verse says: “FROM YOU One will go forth”, that is clear-cut that the person who will come whoever it maybe will come from the Blood line of David. From the evidences I have presented it is quite clear that no where in Micah 5:2 does it indicate the person that is to come will be “Yahweh in flesh.” Further more as you have read, you would have noticed clearly how Trinitarian’s have deliberately changed the wordings around and not be consistent in other passages, when the same words are used for other verses. I think from everything I have shown, it is in my favour that the passage is NOT talking about some kind of “God in flesh.” But it makes better sense that the verse is talking about the blood line of the person i.e his “genealogy.”


[1] D. Winton Thomas Peake’s commentary on the Bible. page 632
Harper Collins Commentary. page 663

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