The prophet Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah, was from a country town in Judah, the southern kingdom. He was convinced that Judah was about to face the same kind of national catastrophe that Amos had predicted for the northern kingdom, and for the same reason God would punish the hateful injustice of the people. Micah's message, however, contains more clear and notable signs of hope for the future.
Passages especially worth noting are the picture of universal peace under God (4.1-4); the prediction of a great king who would come from the family line of David and bring peace to the nation (5.2-5a); and, in a single verse (6.8), the summary of much that the prophets of Israel had to say: “What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.”
Outline of Contents
Judgment on Israel and Judah (1.1—3.12)
Restoration and peace (4.1—5.15)
Message of warning and hope (6.1—7.20)
Micah had harsh words for the rich people of Israel and Judah who took advantage of the poor. But he also looked forward to a day when justice would prevail and peace would be restored under the leadership of a chosen king.
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