The Promise of the Coming Kingdom
Verse 1 – Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow to it.
Micah is talking about the days when Christ will rule over His perfect kingdom, Zion.
Verse 2 – Many nations shall come and say “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Verse 3 – He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; 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 any more.
Verse 4 – But everyone shall sit 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.
Just think about this, a world without war; no bloodshed over territory; no fighting between nations; only peace and tranquility. Some have an obscure vision of what heaven will be because they forget all people have a purpose. Heaven is not floating around on clouds doing nothing throughout all eternity. There will be nations established, a New Jerusalem, and people will travel from every corner of the earth to worship the One True King.
Verse 5 – For all people walk each in the name of his god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
Verse 6 – “In that day,” says the Lord, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast and those whom I have afflicted;
Verse 7 – I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; so the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on, even forever.
God wants His Jewish beloved people to know; though they had been afflicted by attacks from the Assyrians and then the Babylonians, He would save a remnant and build them into a strong nation where He would once again be their God.
Verse 8 – And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, even the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”
Verse 9 – Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counselor perished? For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor.
Verse 10 – Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in birth pangs. For now you shall go forth from the city, you shall dwell in the field, and you shall go even to Babylon. There you shall be delivered; there the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.
Much like a woman giving birth, the Israelites would be in pain as they were carted off in captivity to Babylon. However, that is the place that God said He would deliver them.
Do you ever wonder why you had to go through so much anguish and pain to get where God intended you to be in the first place? First of all, there are no shortcuts to life. The long way around can be used to teach us never to forget whom our God is. Israel, like many of us, have to go the hard and long way through difficulties to find out just how faithful our loving Father is to us. Israel was a slow learner.
Verse 11 – Now many nations have gathered against you, who say, “Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.”
Verse 12 – But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel; for He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
Verse 13 – “Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their grain to the Lord, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.”
Micah predicted the end to kings. Micah also told them Judah would be destroyed and their king would be carried away. But he also told them that after all this God would deliver them back to their own land (2 Chronicles 36:9023 and Ezra 1;2). Seeing a glimpse of the future through scripture should encourage us to change our behavior to serve the Lord no matter what’s going on in the world.