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by Frederick Brotherton Meyer
Outline of Micah
Judgment Sent Forth unto Victory
I. Judgment, Micah 1-3
1. For Idolatry , Micah 1:1-16
2. For Oppression , Micah 2:1-13
3. False Kings, Prophets, and Priests , Micah 3:1-12
II. Salvation, Micah 4-5
1. God’s Reign in Zion , Micah 4:1-13
2. The Ruler from Bethlehem , Micah 5:1-15
III. God’s Controversy with His People, Micah 6:1-16
1. A Summons to Contend before the Mountains , Micah 6:1-8
2. Condemnation and Judgment , Micah 6:9-16
IV. Judgment unto Victory,Micah 7:1-20; Micah 7:1-20
1. The Appalling National Depravit y, Micah 7:1-13
Introduction to Micah
Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, but their activities lay apart. Micah lived in the country and was concerned with both Israel and Judah, while Isaiah’s career is closely associated with the fortunes of Jerusalem.
The book of Micah shows a clear understanding of the events of the time. He foresaw the invasions of Shalmaneser and Sennacherib, the dispersion of Israel, and the destruction of Jerusalem. Alone among the prophets he foretells the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2 . “His special office, as a herald of coming judgment, causes a predominant severity of tone; but all harshness is softened into exquisite beauty at the close.”
e-Sword Note: The following material was presented at the end of Micah in the printed edition
Review Questions on Micah
( a ) What are the sins of Israel for which she is to be judged?
( b ) To what end is God’s judgment?
( c ) With what other prophets was Micah contemporary?
( d ) What is the tone of the book of Micah?
( e ) What special reference is made to the birth of Christ?
Each question applies to the paragraph of corresponding number in the Comments .
1. Into what sin against God did the people of Israel constantly fall?
2. Of what sins against their fellow men were they also guilty?
3. What were the greatest faults of the rulers and those in authority? What would be their punishment?
4. When will men renounce war?
5. What honor was to be bestowed on Bethlehem Ephratah?
6. How does the prophet answer the question, “What doth the Lord require of thee?”
7. What is the teaching of Micah regarding the compassionate forgiveness of God?
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25