Micah 1; 4:6-13; 5
Micah is a prophet who preached of coming judgment upon Israel, particularly the kingdom of Judah. The message is the same that other prophets have preached. Israel is facing God’s wrath because of their continued rebellion and idolatry. Basically, all the curses from Deuteronomy 28 are going to come upon them in full force. Particularly for Micah, he warns that the Babylonians will come and take Israel into captivity. But, along with his message of despair, he brings hope. Micah prophesies that a conquering king will come from Bethlehem who will shepherd and lead the people of Israel to victory over their enemies.
When we read the prophets, it is easy to think that God is unloving and unjust for punishing Israel. But, he had been patient with them and gave them many warnings while they continued in idolatry. And the time has finally come to discipline them. It is no different than a parent who does the same with their child. But the beauty with God’s discipline of Israel is that it is never final or completely crushes them. He always leaves a remnant and promises to restore them. And, as we saw in Isaiah 53, God has a plan to remove their iniquities. With Micah’s prophecy, we get more details about where this Messiah will come from and how he will reign and rule. Knowing this, we should love and trust this God even more, even when he disciplines us.
Do you see the Lord’s grace even when he brings discipline?