Scripture reading – Micah 6; Micah 7

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This is the second of two Bible studies for today and the conclusion of our study of the prophecies of Micah.

 

Micah 7

Micah’s Response to God’s Threats of Judgment (Micah 7:1-5)

Declaring, “Woe is me!” (Micah 7:1a), the prophet found no delight in announcing God’s judgment on Israel. Micah observed there were no good men left in Israel, for the nation was plagued with lawlessness and violence (Micah 7:2). What a tragic portrait of a doomed nation! Every level of society was failing.

 

The Judicial System was Corrupt (Micah 7:3-4)

Reminding me of the perversion of justice and law in our nation and world, Micah declared there was no justice, and judgments were perverted by bribes (Micah 7:3a). The leaders of the nation plotted together to do evil and pervert justice (Micah 7:3b). Even the “best of them” (the best of men) rather than protect the people, had become like briars and thorns and injured them (Micah 7:4).

Having Rejected God’s Law, Society Had Fallen into Anarchy (Micah 7:5-6)

Having Rejected God’s Law, Society Had Fallen into Anarchy (Micah 7:5-6)

Though a few loved the LORD (such as the prophets), most of the nation had rejected God’s Law and pursued a path of sin and depravity. No one could be trusted to give godly counsel (Micah 7:5a), and even one’s spouse was disloyal (Micah 7:5b). The family was destroyed as sons dishonored their fathers, and daughters rose against their mothers. Indeed, “a man’s enemies [were] the men of his own house” (Micah 7:6; Exodus 20:12).

 

Yet, All Was Not Hopeless (Micah 7:7-9)

Though his nation was morally decayed, Micah encouraged himself in the LORD and declared, “I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: My God will hear me” (Micah 7:7). The prophet encouraged His people not to lose hope and warned Israel’s enemies to “rejoice not against me” (Micah 7:8).

Micah declared His confidence that the LORD was merciful and forgiving. He said, “When I fall, I shall arise; When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:8).

With humility, Micah confessed his and the nation’s sins (Micah 7:9a). He acknowledged they deserved God’s judgment. However, Micah believed God was merciful, loving, and righteous and refused to lose hope! (Micah 7:9b)

 

A Prophecy of Israel’s Restoration (Micah 7:10-15)

The judgments against Israel and Judah did come to pass as prophesied. Yet, Micah warned the enemies of the LORD that they would see Him deliver His people and restore them to their land. On that day (a day partially fulfilled when a remnant returned from Babylonian captivity), the enemies of Israel would be put to shame (Micah 7:10).

Still future, when the LORD assembles His believing people from the nations of the earth (fulfilled at Christ’s Second Coming), no river, sea, or mountain will prevent them from gathering in Israel (Micah 7:12). Nevertheless, in the immediate, God’s promise of judgment would leave Israel and Judah desolate, and the people in captivity (Micah 7:13).

Though judgment was certain, Micah prayed the LORD would remember His people, provide and protect them with His “rod,” even as a shepherd his sheep (Micah 7:14; Psalm 23:4). The LORD answered the prophet’s prayer, and declared He would one day deliver Israel, even as He had brought the people out of Egypt (Micah 7:15).

The Signs of a Dying Nation

Summary (7:16-19)

The nations of the world will one day witness God’s deliverance of Israel, and the enemies of His people will be humiliated and brought low (Micah 7:16-17). Micah closed his prophetic words by praising the LORD and declaring to Israel His goodness and faithfulness (Micah 7:18). The prophet assured His people that the LORD is compassionate, willing to forgive, and would one day “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).

 

Closing thoughts – The Signs of a Dying Nation

The sins and failings of Judah and Israel are the sins and failings of the nations of our day. Western nations were blessed with the Scriptures but rejected God’s Law and Commandments. Corrupt leaders infect society, and the common man is deprived of justice. Lawlessness abounds in our nation and world as politicians believe they are above the law. Children grow up in a society that encourages rebellion, and families are torn by strife as sons rise against their fathers and daughters disdain their mothers. Tragically, anarchy and chaos reign.

What can we do? We can turn our focus to the LORD and pray, knowing: “My God will hear me” (Micah 7:7). We can be comforted by the assurance that when we confess our sins, He casts them “into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). Then, we must turn to the whole counsel of God and walk in His ways. 

Be confident: What God has promised, He will perform! (Micah 7:20).

Copyright © 2023 – Travis D. Smith 

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