MICAH CH 1-2
We don’t know much about this prophet, who lived in a town called Moresheth Gath, around 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem near to the border to the Philistines, yet Micah (meaning ‘Who is like Jehovah’) spoke, initially to both the Northern kingdom and Israel and then to the Southern kingdom of Judah, for around 60 years. He was nothing if not persistent!; and his persistence paid off, for in Jeremiah 26:26-19:
16 Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.
17 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,
18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and besought the Lord, and the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls.
So as a result of Micah’s persistent preaching, Judah, under Hezekiah, repented! This makes Micah fairly unusual among the prophets as most of the prophets were ignored or silenced.
Jesus spoke in Luke 11:5-10 of the need for persistence. Be persistent in prayer; be persistent in preaching God’s word to those around you; be persistent in walking in the Way!
Micah lived and worked under the kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah around 750 – 687 BC. and was a contemporary (and most likely a friend) of Isaiah. There are a number of similarities between Micah and Isaiah and at timers they seem to borrow from each other.
After prophesying about it, Micah lived to see the Assyrians attack the northern kingdom in 722 BC. Micah uses this as an object lesson to try teach Judah that they were not immune to God’s wrath if they continued in their disobedience. Judah was troubled with idolatry and oppression of the people by the leadership. Micah speaks to the nation about all these things.
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