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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

The Written Prophecy of Micah

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
I.  Introduction.
    A.  The man.
        1.  Micah was a "Morashtite," that is, from the village of 
            Moresheth-Gath, a small village near the Philistine border 
            twenty miles from Jerusalem.
            a.  Micah was therefore a country man and may have looked 
                with suspicion on city dwellers.
            b.  The country preacher knew the conditions in Judah and 
                Israel because he was "full of power by the Spirit of 
                Jehovah" (Micah 3:8).
        2.  His name signifies "who is like Jehovah?"
            a.  He was opposed and persecuted by false prophets.
            b.  He prophesied mainly in Jerusalem during the "days of 
                Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah."
            c.  He was contemporary with Isaiah; Amos and Hosea were 
                prophets in Israel.
    B.  The background.
        1.  Assyria became a world power, destroyed Syria and Israel, 
            and fought unsuccessfully against Judah.
        2.  Babylon was developing her army and preparing for world 
II.  The Book.
     A.  Israel and Judah warned and punishment threatened, with a 
         promise of future restoration (1:1 to 2:13).
         1.  The word of Jehovah came to Micah -- he "saw" the word 
         2.  Micah calls on all the earth to listen to Jehovah as he speaks 
             from his holy temple (1:2-4).
         3.  Israel is condemned and a sentence of destruction is 
             declared (1:5-7).
             a.  Samaria and Jerusalem were infested with idolatry (1:5).
             b.  Samaria to be destroyed (1:6).
             c.  Samaria acquired wealth by "the wages of prostitution," 
                 or spiritual fornication (1:7).
             d.  Assyria, another idolatrous nation, would be given the 
                 riches of Samaria (1:7).
         4.  Micah mourns for Jerusalem and Judah (1:8-9).
         5.  Cities already destroyed forecast destruction to come; the 
             enemies of Judah rejoice; Judah rolls in dust, naked, ashamed 
             and bald (1:10-16).
         6.  The powerful in Jerusalem plunder the inheritance of their 
             fellow man and make the destruction sure (2:15).
         7.  False prophets oppose Micah (2:6-11).
         8.  A future liberator will allow return and restoration for both 
             Israel and Judah (2:12-13).
     B.  The sins of Judah's princes condemned, Zion's glory to be 
         restored, birth of Messiah, exaltation of the people (3:1 to 
         1.  Sins and punishment of the rulers of Israel (3:1-4).
             a.  There is no justice in the land (3:1).
             b.  The powerful abuse the people -- flay the skin from off 
                 them and eat their flesh (3:2-3).
             c.  The pitiful of the rulers of Israel, in time of invasion by a 
                 foreign power, will not be heard by Jehovah (3:4).
         2.  False prophets made the people sin and lose confidence in 
             Jehovah, but Micah spoke the truth (3:5-8).
         3.  Rulers of Israel and Jerusalem rebuked for their wickedness, 
             and the utter destruction of Jerusalem and the temple 
             foretold (3:9-12).
         4.  The exiles will be restored to the land (4:1-10).
             a.  Babylon to capture Judah (4:10-11).
             b.  Restoration again promised (4:12-13).
         5.  The birth of Messiah, his rule of peace and the destruction 
             of Idolatry (5:1-15).
     C.  Jehovah's controversy with his people; injustice and sin 
         rebuked; the tender mercies of Jehovah to be renewed (6:1 - 
         1.  God's argument against the people because of their 
             ingratitude (6:1-5).
         2.  The people ask how to please Jehovah (6:6-7).
         3.  The prophet tells them what is needed and rebukes their 
             greed and wickedness (6:8-12).
         4.  Punishment again foretold (6:9-16).
         5.  The nation confesses its corruption (7:1-6).
         6.  The prophet expresses faith in God and in fulfillment of the 
             promised restoration (7:7-13).
         7.  The people long for their lost glory and for their former 
             power (7:14-17).
         8.  Confidence that Jehovah will restore the nation and redeem 
             the people (7:18-20).

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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