September 27, 2021
By Editorial Team
“And this man shall be the Peace, when the Assyrian comes into our land. And when he treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight Principal men (Commanders)” Micah 5:5
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” Micah 5:2
Micah, Hosea and Isaiah prophesied together for about 35-40 years. They lived in the same era and served people in the reign of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, Kings of Judah. Amos also prophesied during the same time, but during Uzziah’s reign. For brevity’s sake we will focus only on Micah and what revelation the Holy Spirit gave him about Christ.
Every prophet longed that Christ would be born in his lifetime or at least he would manifest in his fullness during his life and unto his people. This is the cry of a real prophet. He is crying for God’s fullness and he is crying for his people.
Micah preached about the corruption in high places, land grabbing, powerful people pushing little house owners out and grabbing fields and family houses, rowdies continually doing evil, drinking from morning till evening, judges taking bribes, Govt and politicians totally reckless and mindful of their own money (Micah 2, 3). How men were oppressing men, youth ruling wantonly, elders oppressing too (Isaiah 3) . And women were haughty, fashion focussed, flirtatious, focussed on ornaments, bangles, purses, mirrors and hair styling and fragrances (Isaiah 3:16-24). How right he was!
On the other hand he spoke of Pastors teaching for hire, Prophets saying smooth things for offerings, and speaking lies about prosperous times and good things to come, and the Word of the Lord being totally absent in that day. They were living on the edge and in the face of impending judgement and captivity. But no Pastor was preaching that. Only these 3-4 godly men stuck their necks out and pointed out the sins of the people and asked them to repent (Micah 3:8). It was pretty much like the present times. Economic alliances, security pacts between nations, and Commerce and Big business driving society, lets get rich at all costs attitude.
The nation was facing continual threats from the larger empire of Assyria which was the World power of the day. Assyria attacking Judah, is like China attacking Sri Lanka type story. The little fellows have no chance, it will be all over in one day. But God gave them a revelation of Jesus that gave them safety.
I will speak briefly of the things of Christ in Micah:
Christ will regather the sheep and put them together in a fold, they will make a great noise for multitude of men and women (Micah 2:12,13). And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarries not for man, nor waits for the sons of men. Micah 5:7. What a beautiful picture, we will be the mercy-vessels that will bring comfort and solace to the people around us. We will be God’s people upon the earth.
History (2 Chronicles 32 and Isaiah 36, 37) tells us that when the Assyrian army besieged Jerusalem and shut them in, the Angel of the Lord went forth and slew the Assyrian army and beat the foe back in one night. Today I don’t know what your Assyria is? – Is it a land grabber, is it a disease, is it a career situation, or is it a family problem? This man shall be your peace – Jesus Christ.
History (2 Chronicles 29-31) also tells us that there was a mighty Revival in the time of Hezekiah. The words of Isaiah, Micah, Hosea and Amos were not in vain! God had to answer the prayers of these saints praying in unison. For decades they were crying out and encouraging the people. Are you lamenting about the state of the Church and the 2 crumbs type sermons that are dished out week after week? I want to encourage you – If you truly read the word and are of age, God will use you to birth that revival. Take heart, get back to Jesus, befriend him afresh, read his words. God will use a feeble useless remnant to accomplish this. Despise not prophesying. A Revival that you have not seen in 100 years is knocking at our doors. The last move of God before Christ returns.
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