Micah "Who is like the LORD"

His home town Moresheth, a pastoral village that was most likely a military and administrative outpost of Jerusalem. He was one of the four great prophets of the eight century. His rural roots in the southern Kingdom, Judah, enabled him to understand how overbearing policies of the political, social, and religious leaders of his time affected the peasant class. Historical situation: Micah prophesied during the reign of three Judahite Kings: Jotham (742-735), Ahaz (735-715), and Hezekiah (715-687) BCE. More precisely Micah's prophetic career probably spanned there last quarter of the eight century during the reign of Ahaz and Hezekiah. (Harper Collins bible page 1238)

The message
The message: Micah understood his task to be a preacher of true to expose injustice and inequity, to offer a word of hope and salvation, and to make known a vision of a new and transformed way of life for his community and his world. He made clear God's disdain for apostasy, idolatry, hypocrisy, and disregard for Torah. (Harper Collins bible page 1239)

Micah is warning the people of Samaria, to listen to him, that God will come and witness their wrongdoing; for the transgressions of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel, which are Samaria and Jerusalem. God's wrath was because of illicit religious rites were practiced associated with apostasy. Mi 1:1-6

Bethlehem city homes

Micah was preaching at the same time as Isaiah and he also prophesied about the coming of the Messiah from Bethlehem. Announcement of salvation even if the Assyrian attack they shall live secure, they will raise seven shepherds and eight installed as rulers. He shall be great to the ends of the earth; and shall be the one in peace. The ideal shepherd- king who will bring security and peace. Mic 5: 2-5

Good tidings

Peace and security through obedience. Mic 4:1-5 "The mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest of the mountain." Here micah is telling people to go to the temple to listen to the teachings of Jacob, the way to follow God's commandments, by listening to him we will walk into his paths. He mentioned not to war nation against nation, put weapons away and be in peace, in the name of our Lord

Thailand Buddhist monks
Mic 7:8-10 Penitence and Trust in God. Here, the prophet is announcing not to rejoice when he falls, b'cause when he is in darkness, the Lord will pour light on him, but at the same time he recognizes that he sinned and he will be judge by God. He will be asked by his enemies, and who are his enemies, same people that do not believe in him. The prophet speaks on behalf of those of his community who confidence of his deliverance, confess their sins. Have faith that God will judge with righteousness.
Shepherd

Mic 7: 18-20 God's Compassion and Steadfast Love. Micah on behalf of the community, makes a confession of faith, the image of a loving and forgiving God. He is showing a God of clemency who retain his anger and have compassion upon his people. And he makes a remembrance of the faithfulness to Jacob and loyalty to Abraham. God will trow our sins into the depth of the ocean.

God Challenges Israel

Mic 6: 1-5 God Callenges Israel. A lament uttered by the prophet, who feels alone and abandoned as he undertakes the futile tasks of finding a good person. The prophet, acting as an attorney, represents God's case against un ungrateful people, looks like the prophet is talking to the elements of the earth, but referring to the people of Israel. Then mentioned how God took them out of Egypt, out of slavery together with Moses Aaron and Miriam. King Balak tried unsuccessfully to persuade the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites armies.

Credits:

Created with images by hanjeanwat - "The ancient city of Saepinum is still used by local shepherds!" • biblevector - "jesus_15" • geralt - "bethlehem city homes" • Waiting For The Word - "Good Tidings ~ William Blake" • suc - "thailand buddhists monks" • Tim Green aka atoach - "Shepherd" • Justin LaBerge - "Western Wall"

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