The Prophets

Micah – Part 3 of 5

The Swords & Spears

Micah 4:2 – And many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”

Following the message of judgement, Micah brings a message of hope. God will not close his ears to the cry of his people forever, just for a time. The high places that He tread upon would be re-established with the house of the Lord and “out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”

We often wonder if we will ever see peace in our world and yet God’s word tells us that it will happen. Through Micah the Lord has said,

“And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.”

The hope of the future is secured but the present will still have its hardship. Judah and Israel will pay the price for ignoring God’s commands; one would be taken by the Babylonians and the other overpowered by Assyria. The enemy would be under the illusion that they were in control, “but they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.”

What a contrast there is between the nations assembling against God’s people and the coming time when the nations shall come to the mountain of the Lord. The redemption of Israel will happen and the Lord will rescue his people for he cannot betray his own covenant.

God remains our eternal hope. No matter what happens in the present, God will remain steadfast and faithful in his promise to never leave or forsake us. There will be real struggles to endure and real pain to bear in the days ahead but we serve a real God whose grace is real and whose mercy is real.

Remain in his strength and his strength will remain in you.

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