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"Hear O' Israel, HaShem is our G-d, HaShem alone"

Micah 5:2

The missionaries will say Micah 5:2 "proves" that the ruler must be born in Bethlehem.

The Reply is Michah 5:1 says "And you, O Bethlehem of Ephrath, least among the clans of Judah [refering to a clan, not a town], from you shall come forth to rule Israel for Me--one whose origin is from old, from ancient times. " (JPS--notice the verse has a different number in the Jewish Scriptures.)

Bethlehem, in the original Hebrew is Beit-Lechem, the house of Lechem (lechem = bread), and can refer to a city or clan. In this case, since the text says clan, it means clan. It does not matter what city the Messiah is born in, just what clan he is from. Since Jesus was claimed not to be Joseph's son, he is not a descendant of David or Solomon and, therefore, not from the clan Bethleham of Ephrath. The phrase: "whose origin is from old" simply means the Messiah will come from a family with a long lineage.

Also, keep in mind another of Micah's prophesies: Micah 6:8 "He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the L-rd requires of you: Only to do justice, and to love goodness, and to walk modestly with your G-d;" It does not say that you should worship Jesus, but that you should behave as G-d requires of you. How do we know how to do justice of what is good? G-d told us in his commandments.

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