MICAH TOTAL CHAPTERS: 7
MICAH TOTAL VERSES: 105
TOTAL WORDS: 3,153
DATE WRITTEN: 700 BC
Words of Judgment and Hope for Israel. Salvation From God.
God, Micah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah and People of Israel especially the southern kingdom of Judah.
BOOK OF MICAH KEY VERSES:
1:2: Hear, O peoples, all of you, listen, O earth and all who are in it, that the Sovereign LORD may witness against you, the Lord from His holy temple.
5:2: But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
6:8: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
7:18-19: Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
Micah was a prophet during the fall of Northern Israel at the hands of Assyria, around 722 BC, and continued through Hezekiah’s reign in the Southern Kingdom, until about 700 BC. He was a contemporary of Isaiah and addressed at a time when conditions in Judah equaled those in the northern kingdom during the ministry of Amos. The message is almost similar to that of Amos. Having witnessed God’s judgment upon the Northern Kingdom, Micah warns Judah that they are in the same danger of punishment unless people seek God in a real and meaningful way. Micah famous prophecy is in chapter 5 verse 2: “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a king who will be the shepherd of my people Israel” He also predicted the fall of Samaria in chapter 1: 6-7, the invasion of Judah in chapter 1:14-16, the destruction of Jerusalem chapter 3:12, the exile to Babylon chapter 4:10 and the return to the land in chapter 4:1-8. Walk is an important theme in this book. Micah says that in the past God’s people have walked in the wrong way now they are called to walk in a new way. The book ends with a prophecy comprising elements of a lament. Israel confesses its sin and is assured of deliverance through God’s Mighty acts.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1: The time when Micah prophesied. Samaria Doomed. Lord said “I will make Samaria a ruin. The Enemy Approaches Jerusalem.
Chapter#2: Brutality of the Rulers. Woe To The Oppressors Of God’s People. A promise of restoring Jacob.
Chapter#3: Brutality of the Rulers. Israel’s Leaders Denounced. The falsehood of the prophets. Zion’s Destruction.
Chapter#4: Prophecy of the Millennial Kingdom. The Lord Will Deliver Zion. Lord said “I will give you horns of iron”.
Chapter#5: Prophecy of Christ’s Birth. A Ruler From Bethlehem. The land to be cleansed. The Lord said “I will punish the nations that did not obey.”
Chapter#6: Jehovah’s Controversy with His People. Brings A Charge Against Israel. Lord requires Justice, loyalty, modesty. Lord said “I will make you desolate for your sins.”
Chapter#7: Desolation, But God Will Triumph. The church, complaining of her small number. God’s Steadfast Love And Compassion. Micah’s prayer and praise to God. God comforts by promises of confusion to enemies.