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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Micah: Judgement is Coming (Part 2)

Hear, you peoples, all of you, listen, earth and all who live in it, that the Sovereign LORD may bear witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. Look! The LORD is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth. The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope.
Micah 1:2-4

Verse 2 of Micah is an important, commonly overlook verse

Hear, you peoples, all of you, listen, earth and all who live in it,

This tells us that he is speaking to everyone of that time period.

that the Sovereign LORD may bear witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

This tells us the purpose of his letter, to warn to whole world that God is going to bear witness against us. Micah might be referring to the later mentioned case God makes against Israel.
Or perhaps, he's saying that sometimes, it may seem like bad people are successful. Sometimes, evil people do well, but Micah is warning the world that in the end, God will punish those who don't give their life to Christ. (Or, in that time, have faith in God and have it credited to you as righteousness).

All this is because of Jacob's transgression, because of the sins of the people of Israel. What is Jacob's transgression? Is it not Samaria? What is Judah's high place? Is it not Jerusalem? "Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble, a place for planting vineyards. I will pour her stones into the valley and lay bare her foundations. All her idols will be broken to pieces; all her temple gifts will be burned with fire; I will destroy all her images. Since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes, as the wages of prostitutes they will again be used."
Micah 1:5-7

Micah might be talking about when the Assyrians invaded Samaria. (2 Kings 17)
Micah's first prophecy is about God punishing sin and that is true today. God punishes sin.

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http://www.yahwehsword.org/s_destruction/08_hosea_and_the_assyrians.htm

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