Read 178.) Micah 6:1 thru 7:20. We finish the 6th of the Minor Writing Prophets. Chapter 6 contains one of the more famous verses of the Bible, with verse 8, but first we read of God’s further complaint against Israel in the first 7 verses. He had only done good unto them, as He relates, but they, in turn had forgotten and ignored Him. With verse 8, however, we have a beautiful solution for all Israel’s ills. To act justly and to love mercy would require a deep humbling in repentance on their part. And, most would agree with acting justly, so as to put away social injustice; and to love mercy, so as to put away greed and pride. But, understand, none of that would save. In order to walk humbly with the Lord would require true repentance, and also a believing upon Him, a trusting in Him; so as to receive His salvation, and thereby enter into a vital and vibrant relationship whereby one could ‘walk with the Lord.’ This, Israel simply refused to do. And, it was going to cost them dearly! Micah had, however, as he tells us in chapter 7, and verse 7. Returning to chapter 6, verse 9 hearkens back unto the Proverbs of Solomon, who stated repeatedly that the fear of the Lord was the beginning of wisdom. Chapter 6 closes with sure words of Israel’s loss and destruction. It would come very soon by means of Assyria.
Chapter 7 closes out the prophet of the End Times, and there is much concerning them in this final chapter. First, Micah laments about the people among whom he has to live, with verses 1 thru 7. There is so much corruption, violence, and social injustice. With verses 8 thru 20, however, we have a Millennial passage with the word clues, “In that day…,” and, “all,” in verses 12, 16 and 19. It speaks of that very transition from the Tribulation unto the Millennium, when Israel will seem to be all, but lost, and Christ returns to save a remnant and to set up His Kingdom upon the earth. That is actually what verse 9 is saying. Further evidence is found in the last verse, when the point of the entire passage is said to result in the final fulfillment of all God promised unto Abraham, going back to Genesis 12:1-3, some 1,350 years before; when He promised him land, descendants and Messiah! Micah closes on an upbeat note of hope! It’s what the Book is all about!
We’ll next revisit Kings and Chronicles for historical context, and then go back to Isaiah to revel in some of the greatest and best known prophecies concerning Messiah! Plus, we’re approaching the halfway point through the Bible in our reading.
Harold F Crowell