5.18.2009

Micah 1-4

Micah follows a real narrative style of judgment/redemption that extends beyond the Old Testament into the present. I'll get into this more tomorrow when we finish the book and can look at it as a whole.

In today's reading judgment is given against Jerusalem and Samaria, against those with position who would oppress the common man, and against the rulers, priests, and false prophets of the land. One verse in ch. 1 jumped out at me, and I know there's nothing spiritual about it, but it reminded me of The Price is Right:

Micah 1:14 (ESV)
Therefore you shall give parting gifts to Moresheth-gath...

I really loved the hopefulness of ch. 4, where Micah prophecies a time of peace when people will "beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks" and the nations will stop learning war. I'd like to see that day! I loved this verse, too.

Micah 4:2 (ESV)
and many nations shall come, and say:
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths."...