Micah decries social injustice in Israel and Judah

Micah 2:1-13   Micah condemns those who oppress and steal from the poor.

Micah 3:1-12   He denounces the leaders of Israel and Judah who fleece the poor.

Micah 4:1-13   Micah predicts the destruction of Jerusalem and looks ahead to a time of peace when the exiles return from Babylon.

Micah 5:1-5   The LORD promises to establish a new ruler from King David’s birthplace. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are too small to be among the army groups from Judah, from you will come one who will rule Israel for me. He comes from very old times, from days long ago.”

In the New Testament, Matthew says this prophesy was fulfilled when Jesus was born in Bethlehem (see Matthew 2:6 & Jesus's birth announced).

 

Bethlehem Overlooking View (Maysa Al Shaer)

Bethlehem Ephrathah, King David's birthplace  (Maysa Al Shaer)

 

Micah 5:6-15   At that time, Israel will conquer her enemies and destroy them. All the idols, carved images and Asherah poles will be pulled down.

Micah 6:1-16   The LORD makes his case against Israel. What the LORD requires is “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah 7:1-10   Micah condemns the moral corruption found in Israel. But the LORD will bring light into the darkness and the nation will rise again.

Micah 7:11-20   Micah prophesies the return of the exiles to Jerusalem. He prays that the LORD will have compassion on the remnant of his people and lead them like a shepherd.

 

Jerusalem - The Old City (Shmuel Spiegelman)

Jerusalem - The Old City   (Shmuel Spiegelman)

 

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