Micah 1 - 3
Micah first prophesied of future judgment
for past sins of Samaria and Jerusalem. God would use the nation of Assyria to judge and
punish Israel. Like so many Old Testament prophecies, these
have a dual application--both to the nation of Israel at that time, and
in the far future to the Second Coming of Christ when He rules the earth during the millennium.
The temple in Jerusalem should have been a place to worship God, but it
had become a place to worship heathen gods. Dr. J. Vernon
McGee said, "Even today going to church can become an evil."
The people of Samaria and Jerusalem had become so sinful that even
their time in bed at night was spent planning how they would do evil
the next day. They were guilty of covetousness, violence,
drunkenness, following false prophets, and oppression of the
poor. In response, God was plotting judgment against
them. God's Word is accepted by those who obey Him, but it is rejected by those who don't obey Him.
Micah then prophesied against the leaders. They were unjust
rulers, loving evil and money, and hating good. The false
prophets let people into sin.
Micah predicted that the Messiah would reign an earthly millennial
kingdom, and Jerusalem would be the capital of the world, for
government and for worship. At the end of the Great
Tribulation period, the battle of Armageddon would bring an end to all
wars, so swords would be beaten into plowshares. Israel would
be re-gathered from all around the world, and she would be secure in her land.
Micah 5 - 7
Micah also prophesied of the First and Second Comings of
Christ. Meanwhile, however, he reminded Israel of her
sins. God had been good to her in bringing her out of
enslavement in Egypt and in not permitting Balaam to curse
them. However, the people responded by displeasing
God. Their hearts were impure, and this hindered their
relationship to God. Their religion and rituals weren't
authentic because their hearts were impure. They were
dishonest, violent, crooked, and deceitful, and God would judge them
for their sins. However, God's greatness will be revealed in
the end when He demonstrates His mercy and pardons sin.