Micah Says to Worship Our God of Righteousness

What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"-Micah 6:8, emphasis added

Micah (742-687 B.C.) was a contemporary with Hosea (753-715 B.C.) and Isaiah (740-681 B.C.). Although Micah was a contemporary with the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah was a court poet, but Micah was from a small village. Isaiah was a statesman, a herald to kings, but Micah was an evangelist and social reformer. He was God's messenger to the misfortunate, oppressed common people. Micah's message, however, like Isaiah's, is one of hope. Both speak of the birth of the coming Messiah and the salvation He would bring. And in two of the most remarkable passages in all Scripture, both speak, almost word for word, of Israel's future and the coming glorious earthly reign of the Messiah (Isaiah 2:2-4Micah 4:1-3 . Only seven chapters long, Micah's message contains some of the most familiar passages in all of Scripture. For example, the prophet announces the place of the Messiah's birth: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting" (5:2).

One deeply impactful truth Micah points out is that as the leaders go, so go the people. He says that Jerusalem's leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money (Micah 3:11).

Micah points to Jesus Christ as the only answer to the world's problems. The poor, the oppressed, and the misfortunate have the "One who breaks open [and] will come up before them" (Micah 2:13). Christ the Messiah breaks through the obstacles in the path ahead. In the future He will do this for Israel, when the remnant is gathered into the fold. But today He helps us through our perplexing paths, as we trust in Him.

Messiah's kingdom will come (Micah 4:1-8), and Jerusalem will be its center (Micah 4:1-2). Peace will reign. Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore (Micah 4:3). Prosperity will abound, each will sit under his vine and . . . fig tree (Micah 4:4). God will be central as we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever (Micah 4:5). The same God who brings heaven to earth can bring solutions to our problems today.

What does God want from us in exchange? Micah answers that we are to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with [our] God (Micah 6:8). No one is exempt. We are to be clothed with Christ, according to God's expectations of us. We are to live the truth and look to Jesus!

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