Friday, March 17, 2017
Block 57: Micah
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“To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Micah was not an aristocrat. We was not born of wealth. Rather, like Jesus Christ himself, Micah had a humble start. As a child of a small farming community 25 miles from Jerusalem, Micah knew little of government and politics. Coming from the working class, Micah was extremely protective of the lowly, the disadvantaged, the outcasts, the sick and the lame. Micah was particularly concerned about the common farmers who were being cheated by wealthy land owners.
Micah directed much of his prophecies toward the powerful, unethical leaders of Judah and Israel. Morality and religious interest were at an all-time low. Wealthy land owners robbed the poor, business owners were corrupt, false prophets delivered prophecies for pay, priests taught for a price, judges and rulers could be easily bribed. Like his prophet contemporaries, Isaiah, Amos and Hosea, Micah realized that the people were performing religious rituals without living faithful lives. The prophets knew that morality could not be separated from true religion.
Micah was the first prophet to predict the punishment and fall of Jerusalem. He also predicted that God would stop talking to the Israelites; He would stop guiding them as well. AND, Micah was the first prophet to predict that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and described how Christ would rule the whole world. To add credibility to Micah’s prophecies, Jesus quoted Micah 7:6 when He spoke to the twelve disciples in Matthew 10:36.
In Micah’s closing prophecy, he describes a compassionate God who would not be angry forever, providing everlasting hope in our ever loving God. Our take home message from Micah is simple. We should guard against injustice in our own life. Micah’s recipe for good living? We should “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” Micah 6:8