Insight Into The Minor Prophets: Micah
A look into Micah
“Judgment today, blessings tomorrow”
Author & background:
Micah was a Morasthite who lived and served in the days that Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah reigned as kings of Judah this brings the date of the book between 759 – 698 B.C. The prophet Micah announces condemnation against the leaders, priests and prophets of Israel (3.5) for their deceit of the people. The kingdom of Judah is about to fall at the hands of the Assyrians (722 B.C.) and there is much instability in the kingdom.
Importance & Purpose
According to the Lords plan there are 17 different prophetic books recorded for us in the word of God. To many people the books, especially the Minor Prophets, begin to seem repetitive in their message and delivery. Micah is one of the most important books in regards to the coming of the Lord Jesus (5:2) and the book also gives us a greater understand of Christ’s future millennium kingdom.
Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord God be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. – Micah 1:2
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? – Micah 6:8
A look into the future:
One of the most important prophecies regarding Christ’s birth is found in the pages of this book. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting Micah 5.2. This wonderful passage was fulfilled in Mt.6:2 with the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The book also gives us a look into a future millennium kingdom (4:1-2) and so the book is not just a message of Judgement and suffering but is one where the prophet speaks of a time of restoration for Israel (4:6-7).
Outline of the book: each section begins with “hear ye”
Judgment against Samaria & Jerusalem ch.1 – 2
Rebuke & promises ch.3 – 5
The faults & failures of Israel ch.6 – 7
Certainly we are living in difficult and dangerous times here on earth with recent terrorist attacks reminding us of the darkness & sin that surrounds us here on earth. For many, there is a feeling of despair and hopelessness as the uncertainty of the future affects every day life. I wonder how Micah felt as he delivered a message of rebuke and judgement to the people of Israel? It was a time in history where darkness prevailed, sin was prevalent and waywardness was predominant and yet amidst a message of judgment there was hope for the future. A Saviour would be born (5:2) he would bring a kingdom of peace (4:3-4) and he would be exalted (4:2).
It is a great reminder for us today that the Lord has a greater plan for those of us who are found in Christ, one that delivers us from the presence of sin and darkness and into his presence of glorious light. Hopelessness & darkness will not prevail but there is one who is coming who has given us hope & security for tomorrow. Oh dear believer, rejoice today that we are found secure in the hands of a true deliverer, Christ the King!