Micah 4:1-8

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

II. Micah's second Message: blessing will follow judgment - 3:1 - 5:15

We have already seen that there will be -

A. Judgment on the nation's leaders - 3:1-12

There will be -

1. Judgment on the rulers, 3:1-4

2. Judgment on the false prophets, 3:5-8

3. Judgment on all the naive leaders - 3:9-12

As we move on, we see -

B. Kingdom blessings for the nation 4:1 - 5:1

We see the -

1. Characteristics of the kingdom, 4:1-8

Verses 1-3 describe the glories of the millennial kingdom. These verses are almost identical to Isaiah 2:2-4 .

First -

a. The millennial temple will be prominent in the world - 4:1a

Micah 4:1 a - But in the last days [The last days speaks of the time following the rapture of the believers. It includes the tribulation, the second coming of Christ, the millennium, and the great white throne judgment. In this verse in the last days refers specifically to the millennium.] it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD [i.e. that the Temple on Mount Zion, which will be the center of the government of the millennial kingdom] shall be established in the top of the mountains [i.e. at the head (of lesser governmental divisions), as chief of the mountains.], and it shall be exalted above the hills [Israel and its political-religious system will be predominant over other nations in the world]. . . .

Second, not only will the millennial temple be prominent in the world, but also -

b. Peoples of the world will be attracted to Jerusalem - 4:1b

Micah 4:1 b - . . . And people shall flow unto [or stream into] it [Many people will travel to Jerusalem and her temple].

Furthermore -

c. Jerusalem will be the place of instruction for the entire world - 4:2a

Micah 4:2 a - And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he [i.e. the LORD] will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his [the LORD's] paths. . . .

In Micah's day the Jews were not interested in learning the LORD's ways. Here, however, in the millennium it is the Gentiles who will want to learn the LORD's ways. It was a rebuke to the Jews in Micah's day.

In the millennium, the Gentiles are committing themselves to live their lives in the way the LORD desires them to live their lives.

We see that -

d. Revelation will go forth from Jerusalem - 4:2b

Micah 4:2 b - . . . For the law [not the Mosaic Law] shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

It will be revelation about the LORD and His standards. It will tell the Gentiles as well as the Jews what the LORD expects from them.

We also see that -

e. The Lord will be the Judge at Jerusalem - 4:3a

Micah 4:3 a - And he [i.e. the LORD] shall judge among [i.e. between] many people, and rebuke [i.e. arbitrate] strong nations afar off [i.e. render decisions for mighty, distant nations]. . . .

Disputes between nations will be settled by the LORD, and the nations will submit willingly to His judgment and His Word. By contrast, in Micah's day, the Jews were unwilling to submit to the word of the LORD.

We see furthermore that -

f. Peace will be universal - 4:3b

Micah 4:3 b - . . . And they [i.e. the nations] shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war [or train for war] any more.

Implements and weapons of war will be changed into agricultural tools, and there will no longer be a need to train for war.

Because peace is universal -

g. Everyone will dwell in security and peace - 4:4

Micah 4:4 - But they [i.e. the people of all nations including the Jews] shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree [i.e. This is evidence of peace and security in the kingdom age.]; and none [i.e. no one] shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

In Micah's day, there was no security for Israel and no lasting security for the other nations. A stronger nation could come along at any time and conquer any other nation. The only way to have peace and security is to submit to God. He is our only hope for real and lasting peace and security. The LORD of hosts has given His word that everyone will dwell in security and peace.

In addition -

h. Israel will be spiritually sensitive to God - 4:5

Micah 4:5 - For [i.e. although] all people will walk every one in the name of his god [this was the situation in Micah's day], and we [i.e. the Jews] will walk in the name of the LORD our God [i.e. We will go, follow, and obey the LORD - something the Jews were not doing in Micah's day] for ever and ever [i.e. Although all the people now walk in the name of their god, whatever his name, we Jews, in the millennium, will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever.].

The name of the LORD our God suggests all that He is and represents.

Walking in His name suggests living lives that are pleasing to Him.

Also -

i. Israel will be regathered - 4:6

Micah 4:6 - (Although in Micah's day Israel was spiritually lame and described as her that halted), in that day [i.e. in the millennial kingdom, Israel will be a strong nation, ruled by the LORD from Zion (i.e. from Jerusalem)], - In that day saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth [i.e. I will assemble her that is lame, i.e. I will assemble Israel], and I will gather her that is driven out [i.e. I will gather the outcasts or the exiles of Israel], and her that I have afflicted [i.e. I will gather Israel on whom I have sent evil];

Moreover -

j. Israel will be made strong - 4:7

Micah 4:7 - And I will make her that halted [i.e. Israel that was lame] a remnant, and her [i.e. Israel] that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them [i.e. the LORD will reign over the Israelites] in mount Zion [i.e. from the temple mount in Jerusalem] from henceforth [i.e. from now on, from that day, throughout the millennium], even [i.e. and] for ever.

In contrast to Israel's spiritual lameness in Micah's day and in contrast to her being exiled, in the millennium the returning remnant of believing Jews will become a strong nation.

Finally -

k. Jerusalem will have dominion - 4:8

Micah 4:8 - And thou, O tower of the flock [i.e., Jerusalem, which, in the figure, watches over Israel as a shepherd watches his sheep from a tower.], the strong hold of the daughter of Zion [i.e. a reference to Jerusalem's inhabitants], unto thee [i.e. to you] shall it come, even the first dominion [i.e. the millennial kingdom will be greater in extent than David's or Solomon's, the first dominion.]; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem [i.e. a reference to Jerusalem's inhabitants].

God's government centered in Jerusalem will be preeminent in the world. Israel will no longer be under the domination of the Gentiles. Christ Himself will reign from Zion.

The notes on Micah 4 found in the Bible Knowledge Commentary were especially helpful in preparing this lesson.

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This sermon is the 4th part of the series, Study of Micah. Other sermons in this series are: