(16 verses, 1:45 to read)
What I’m about to READ
- This first reading in Micah introduces the author along with beginning to introduce the sins of the larger cities, especially the two capital cities. The meditation will also introduce the entire book of Micah
MARK & LEARN
- 1-4: Introduction of the author and a call to hear from God, who is taking the legal stand. This is also a picture, especially of the mountains melting, etc., of Christ’s second coming to judge the living and the dead.
- 5-7: A warning and call to repentance to the capital cities. Vs. 7 is an especially enlightening indictment to help us get a picture of the culture and way of life during the time of Micah and Isaiah.
- 8-9: The prophet Micah laments and will go around naked and crying because of the sins of the people.
- 10-16: Other larger cities are called to weep and lament
- A bit about the book of Micah:
- Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah. Luther notes that many of the prophets preached the same sermon as if they were consulting with one another. The name “Micah” means “Who is like the Lord?” and his book continually answers this question with certain themes.
- Over and against the false, lazy, secure, and indulgent false shepherds, the Lord is the Good Shepherd
- Our Lord, the very Son of God, will take on human flesh from the virgin Mary and will be born in Bethlehem (5:2-5). The prophecy of the exact location of the Messiah’s birth is probably what makes Micah so famous and well known.
- Both of the themes above can be found in 5:2-5 and is a passage well worth memorizing
- 6:1-5 is the basis for what are known as the Reproaches (google it up!) in which the Christian Church, especially on Good Friday, hears from their Lord, from the One Who Redeemed them and loves them, the indictment of the Law. The phrases, “O, my people,” (in the sense of a sighing and frustrated God) and “What more could I have done for you?” are considered in full force to bring the Christian to repentance.
- Micah laments by weeping and “will go stripped and naked.” This is vivid picture of the shame of the sin of the people. Your Lord Jesus Christ was stripped and hung naked on the cross. This picture brings repentance for the Christian as they consider the shame they deserve before God because of their thoughts, words, deeds, and desires. It also brings great comfort in recognizing that the Son of God was shamed for us, so that He might cover our shame with His righteousness, innocence, and precious blood. Your baptism clothes you and covers your shame. “Who is like the Lord” who gives such precious comforts!
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC