Micah’s voice was heard 800 years before Jesus. He was the last member of a quartet of writing prophets that God used to warn His people. The other voices who thundered in this powerful quartet were Isaiah, Hosea and Amos. Micah was a preacher who lived just 20 miles south of Jerusalem in the village of Moresheth.
While Isaiah was preaching in Jerusalem, and Hosea in Israel, Micah preached to the common people about the social sins of his day. Times were oppressively evil while Samaria was the capital of Israel, Jerusalem and Judah. No class was free from the corrupt influences of priests and princes.
The poor within the region of Samaria were unfairly treated. Micah was used by God as light and salt during this difficult period. The Northern Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity while Micah walked the streets.
Israel had resisted all previous prophets and Micah knew that the national sins would lead to the nation’s downfall. Micah warned that Samaria would fall, and that God would also judge Judah. (Micah 1:6-7)
Judah’s sins were described as an incurable wound. Micah denounced the idolatry of Israel and all the evils. The sins of the people were outlined bluntly along with the suffering God would bring for their shameful use of power. “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel” In Micah chapter three he likens the leaders to haters of good, and lovers of evil.
God delivered His strong rebuke through Micah for the false prophets “Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them.”(Micah 3:6)
It was Micah who God used to speak His warnings against idolatry, dishonesty, bribery, covetousness, oppression, violent acts, the corruption of princes, prophets, and priests. Because of a lack of time spent in communion with the heart of God, unrighteous conduct caused terrible consequences.
People then and people today try to earn God’s grace with acts of service, however, the sacrifice God wants from us is outlined in scripture. “the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Romans 12:1)
Micah was quoted three times. First by the elders of Judah in Jeremiah 26:18. The second time was by the magi coming to Jerusalem in Matthew 2:5. The third time was when Jesus quoted Micah 7:6 when He sent out His disciples in Matthew 10:35.
In the end of chapter seven, Micah speaks beyond the gloom to the day of glory when Jesus shall reign. The Messiah will come and He will be born in Bethlehem! (Micah 4:8; and 5:2-4) Micah is known as the prophet of hope. This is the 700 year old prophecy that led the wise men to Jerusalem seeking the new King. (Micah 5:2-5) LESSON: God’s word never fails
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