(Micah 1:1-16; 2:1-13)
Micah Exhorting Israel to Repentance
By Gustave Dore
Micah, “The Morasthite” (son of Moresheth), has been numbered among the minor prophets of the Old Testament. He lived and ministered around 700 B.C., primarily in Judah.
Micah’s prophecies included such specific events as the fall of Samaria and Jerusalem, included in today’s Bible readings. However, even as Micah’s words spoke of danger and destruction, he also pointed towards a hope of redemption to come.
"I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob;
I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in its pasture;
the place will throng with people.
One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
they will break through the gate and go out.
Their king will pass through before them,
the Lord at their head."
Once again, the Lord God was paving the way for the coming of the Messiah. One day, His own Son, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, would become the Great Shepherd and gather a faithful flock of God’s people and save the world from sin.
May His name be forever praised.
Will you pray with me?
Gracious Lord and God,
Time and again,
Throughout human history,
You have sent prophets and teachers
To warn Your people of sin’s dangers
And call us back to You.
How grateful we are
That You sent a Savior,
Your own holy Son,
To triumph over sin and death
And purchase our freedom forever.
We love You,
And we choose to follow You
For Your great glory.