Micah

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."

Micah 2

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 3

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 4

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.