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Daily Reader for Day 257: Micah 4 - 7

Dave Moore

Like many of the prophets, Micah’s attention now turns to the future, when the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains.  This is, however, no mere ascension of downtrodden Zion, for in this new order the tables will be turned. 

Remember Micah’s accusations yesterday, that the powerful among his countrymen covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance… they hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones…

Well, in latter days, the LORD will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted; and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore.  Furthermore, as in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things. 

The oracle in chapter 6 models a courtroom, with the LORD as prosecutor, Israel playing the defendant, and the mountains acting as judge.  Listen as the LORD carefully unwraps the indictment: His opening question, the memory of His own faithfulness, His summary of the law, the damning evidence, and the final judgment.  

Chapter 7 turns reflective, as though Micah is once again speaking to fellow countrymen.  Listen to the end, as Micah offers his own response to the LORD’s promise, and encouragement to his countrymen: “…As for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

Our verse for this week is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

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