The prophet Micah lived in dark times. He was one of a small remnant of faithful believers living in a godless society where corruption and violence were rife, the vulnerable were the victims of exploitation and the religious leaders failed to speak out against the people’s sin, but instead gave them the message they wanted to hear.
Micah often seemed to be a lone voice as he faithfully proclaimed God’s Word, warning of judgment to come on the nation—a judgment from which even the believing remnant would not be exempt. Yet at the same time he also preached a message of hope, pointing his hearers forward to the coming of Christ and to the future glories which await the true people of God, Jews, and Gentiles alike. With such a prospect in view, the book closes on a note of triumphant praise to God as the prophet marvels at his grace and faithfulness to his people.
Using his own translation from the Hebrew, Dale Ralph Davis shows how many of the situations Micah addresses are very relevant to the experiences of Christians in various parts of the world in our own day. He presents the prophet, and the faithful remnant to whom he ministered, as an example and encouragement to us all to start living the life of the next age in this present age, and to trust God’s promises—however dark our circumstances may appear—in the assurance that he has a glorious future yet to come for his church.
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“Verse 1 tells us the setting for God’s work—complete humiliation. Here is what looks like the total demise of the Davidic dynasty. This is so often where God begins—in our abysmal helplessness.” (Pages 100–101)
“As Laetsch points out, Bethlehem is ‘not named among the more than hundred cities allotted to Judah’ in Joshua 15:21–63.75 Here then we see a frequent tendency in God’s ways, for God is prone to choose the obscure, the insignificant, the lowly, the common, the unnoticed as the very instrument(s) through which he displays the brightest flashes of his glory.” (Page 101)
“Yahweh is not only the witness who accuses (1:2), but the judge who comes.” (Page 22)
“They love to hear the covenant promises, but not the covenant prescriptions; they like its comforts, but not its commandments. They assume that a prophet’s function is to tell them what they want to hear: that the barometer is rising, the economy is expanding and God is smiling.” (Page 49)
“In short, Micah served in fearful times. But don’t miss the (ultimately) comforting word to be found here: even in scary times Yahweh does not cease bringing his word to his people.” (Page 18)