Verse 1 – Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; He has laid siege against us; they will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.
Verse 2 – “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, form everlasting.”
Ephrathah was the district in which Bethlehem was located. God would raise up another ruler form David’s hometown of Bethlehem Ephrathah. This would be Jesus the Christ who will rule and reign throughout all eternity.
Verse 3 – Therefore He shall give them up, until the time that she who is in labor has given birth; then the remnant of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel.
Micah accurately predicted Christ’s birthplace hundreds of years before Jesus was born. The promised eternal king in David’s line, who would come to live as man, had been alive forever – “from of old, from ancient of times.”
Verse 4 – And He shall stand and feed Hid flock in the strength of the Lord, in the Majesty of the name of the Lord His God and they shall abide, for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth;
Verse 5 – and this One shall be peace. When the Assyrian comes into our land, and when he treads in our palaces, then we will raise against him seven shepherds and eight princely men.
Because of Christ’s first coming, we have the opportunity to experience peace with God. Through Christ we have no more fear of judgment and guilt once you are saved. Christ’s peace gives us assurance even though wars continue. At His second coming, all wars and weapons will be destroyed.
Verse 6 – They shall waste with the sword the land of Assyria, and the land of Nimrod at its entrances; thus He shall deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land and when he treads within our borders.
The land of Nimrod is another name for Assyria, which in this case, is a symbol of all the evil nations in the world.
Verse 7 – Then the remnant of Jacob shall be int he midst of many peoples, like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, that tarry for no man nor wait for the sons of men.
Verse 8 – And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, who, if he passes through, both treads down and tears in pieces, and none can deliver.
Judah will be as a lion, not in respect to its cruelty, but in its power of striking terror into all opponents.
Verse 9 – Your hand shall be lifted against your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off.
Israel’s enemies are Jehovah’s enemies. When her hand is lifted up, Jehovah’s hand strikes the foe by her.
Verse 10 – “And it shall be in that day,” says the Lord, “That I will cut off your horses from your midst and destroy your chariots.
Verse 11 – I will cut off the cities of your land and throw down all your strongholds.
Verse 12 – I will cut off sorcerers from your hand and you will have no soothsayers.
Verse 13 – Your carved images I will also cut off, and your sacred pillars from your midst; you shall no more worship the work of your hands;
Verse 14 – I will pluck your wooden images from your midst; thus I will destroy your cities.
Verse 15 – And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury on the nations that have not heard.”
God would purge His people of anything that hindered their relationship with Him, such as military might, divination, and idolatry, judging any nation that refused to submit to His rule. Sorcerers, fortune-tellers, and idolatrous worship were spiritual hindrances. All people including Israel must submit to Him or face judgment.