OF THE BOOK OF MICAH
By Gene McCarty
The prophet Micah was a
resident of the small village of Moresheth located in the hill
country about 25 miles south-west of Jerusalem. His ministry
spanned the reign of three kings from about 742 B.C. to 687 B.C. His
prophesy displayed the destruction of the Jewish system of the day
and proclaimed the coming of the Messiah.
The book begins with the
statement that this is the word of the Lord that has been given to
the prophet. It is important that we note this statement and give
proper value to it. In the 1st chapter we see the picture of the
sins of Jerusalem and the comparison to those of Samaria. Because
of these sins both Samaria and Jerusalem are to be destroyed, and
the stones of the cities scattered throughout the valleys of the
area. Since these people have been involved in idolatry and
prostitution, the end of this period of history is soon.
The most mentioned theme of
the 2nd and 3rd chapters is the constant search for prophets
who will speak only good of this people. First the prophet is
directed not to speak such evil words and then there is a
discussion of the message that is acceptable and of the kind of
prophets who chose to give such a message. Also revealed in this
chapter is the fact that the Lord has a plan, and his plan will
bring humility to the people.
Chapter 4 begins
with the prophesy about the mountain of the Lord's temple being
established, and continues to speak about the great victory to
come to the whole world thru Jesus and his salvation and peace.
The early part of the 5th chapter contains a clear prophesy of
the Lord coming from Bethlehem, and the fact that Israel is to be
abandoned until the child is to be born. The Lord says, "I will
take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not
The case against Israel is
very serious, and the Lord challenges the people to make their
defense. The question is asked, "With what shall we come before the
Lord?" The obvious answer is righteousness and justice. The
chapter concludes that the people have kept the statutes of Omri
and the practices of Ahab's house and that destruction is the only
In the last chapter we see
that the nation has come to a very sad state as man cannot trust
his family or friends as there is no loyalty or love in Israel.
This chapter does end with a ray of hope as the hope of the savior
is still in the plan of God, and a concluding emphasis is that the
Lord delights to show mercy.