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27 December, 2015

Search The Scriptures —Study 2— Micah 3:1-4:7

Study 2 From The Book of Micah is: Micah 3:1-4:7

1.    The nation’s prophets and priest come under scathing denunciation.  Why? And with what result (see ‘then’, 3:4,’therefore’, 3:6 and 12)? The priests remembered God’s promises (3:11; cf. Ps.132:13, 14) but not His stipulations (cf. Ps. 132:12). May our confidence be similarly false?
2.    Notice especially the contrast between the true prophet (3:8; cf. 2:7) and the false (3:5, 11; cf. 2:6, 11). How may we recognize the Spirit of the Lord?
3.    4:1-7. A new kingdom of peace (4:3, 4) and wholeness (4:6, 7) is to be established.  What will characterize the King, and what His subjects?
  1. 3:1 ‘Know’ here means ‘care for’; the verb is used in this pregnant sense in, e.g, 6:5; Ps. 144:3 (av); Pr. 12:10; Ho. 8:4.
  2. 3:2, 3. God’s ideal (Am.) 5:15) had been turned on its head.  The judiciary, like ravenous wild beasts, while preying on the people.
  3. 3:7 ‘Cover their lips’: a sign of shame (Lv. 13:45) or mourning Ezk. 24:17).
  4. 3:10 Jerusalem was being adorned with fine buildings at the cost of the lives of the people.
  5. Chapter 4. Zion will be the pre-eminent place of God’s revelation (verse 2) and His rule (verses 3:7).
  6. 4:5. A parenthesis: at present men do not all give their allegiance to the Lord; this is yet to come. ‘In that day’ (4:6).