June 26

Today’s Reading: Micah 3, 4, 5

Highlights:  Micah’s prophecy continues. Chapter 3 continues the condemnation, especially aimed at the rulers and heads (think kings and priests) of the nation who had led the nation astray. Verse 11 says they were motivated by money and were deluded in thinking God was with them. Verse 12 says again that judgment is coming.

Chapters 4 and 5 revive the idea of hope and God’s mercy. The coming enemy (Assyria) will be destroyed.  Chapter 4 foresees a glorious time in the future, the “latter days”,  when the God’s people will have peace. Chapter 5:2 says a ruler will come from Bethlehem, but actually  His “goings forth are from old, from everlasting”. We know this refers to Jesus!

Consider that Micah 4:1-7 is a Messianic prophecy describing the salvation that God will provide through Jesus – the “church age”. What parts the prophecy seem to fit this interpretation? What parts are difficult to apply to the church?


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4 Responses to June 26

  1. Norma

    The part that seems difficult is: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword againstnation,Neither shall they learn war anymore.” Obviously we still have wars between nations; I’m assuming this peace is within the Lord’s kingdom – not in the world. ?????

  2. Mary K

    I do see that teaching will come out of Jerusalem and there is an opportunity in the future for believers from all nations to walk in God’s name forever.

  3. Andrew

    I’m not sure how “He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide” applies to the church today. Maybe it means Jesus will judge between groups of followers all over the world through His teachings in the bible?

    I do think the nation beating their weapons of war into tools and no longer training for war is speaking of how God’s followers will no longer be a physical nation fighting a physical wars.

    I love the following verses. “No one will make them afraid for the Lord Almighty has spoken” and “…we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever”. Those versus give me great confidence my faith is not misplaced. My God has spoken! He is in control and I do not have to fear anything! I can and will walk in His great name for ever! Reading powerful statements like those versus wells up excitement, confidence, and joy in my heart. What a blessing it is to be counted among His people! If God is for us, who can be against us?!!! I look forward to praising the Lord Almighty for all eternity!

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