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					                                         Chapter 7


‘Revealing Yeshua’
                                   Micah Chapter 7
                                Micah’s lament over Israel
                                   Who is El like Yah?

Key verse 7:18 Who is El like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression
the remnant of His possession? He does not make strong forever His anger, for He
desires mercy.

Micah mourns for the sins of Israel and turns to God to plead with Him, confesses the
sins of Israel and relies on God’s future grace. This is the only way for anyone to receive
God’s blessings. Micah listened to God but also intervened on behalf of the people.


A Lamentation
Micah bemoans the nation’s sins - Israel’s complete absence of righteousness and the
moral degeneration of society.
1. Woe is me!
   For I am gathered like ripe fruit gathered, as a gleaning of vintage.
   There is no cluster (of grapes) to eat;
   My soul desired the early fig.
2. The pious have perished from the earth and there is no upright among man.
   All of them lie in wait for bloodshed.
   Each man hunts his brother with a net.
3. Both palms do well on evil!
   The prince also, and the judge asks for a bribe.
   And the great man speaks the lust his soul does, so they interweave it.
   Both hands did evil equally.
4. Their best is as a thorn brier, the most upright is a thorn hedge.
   In that Day your watchmen and your visitation is coming.
   Now will be their confusion.
   God’s judgment is coming.

Homes invaded by deceit and hatred
5. Do not put your confidence in a friend!
   Do not trust in a companion!
   Guard opening your mouth from her reclining in your bosom!
   Micah reveals the family friction. Even the home has been invaded by deceit and
   hatred.
6. For the son dishonours the father.
   The daughter rises up against her mother,
   The bride against the mother-in-law,
   A man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
   Yeshua alluded to this verse in his instructions to the apostles Matthew 10:35,36.
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Matthew 10:21 ‘And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the
child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to
death.’
Matthew 10:35-36 ‘For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the
daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.’
Mark 13:12 ‘Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and
children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.’
Luke 12:53 ‘The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the
mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law
against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.’

How then is the believer to respond in times of judgment?

Micah’s confidence in YHWH
The promise of final salvation - Restoration of Israel and repentance in the last days
7. But I will look to YHWH
   and I will wait for Elohei, my Salvation.
   Elohei will hear me.
   Micah’s response in the midst of a degenerating society is to continue living a godly
   life.

3rd restoration promise
8. Do not rejoice over me, my enemy, for if I fall, I will rise.
     For if I sit in darkness, YHWH is a light for me.                               SPACE
     Perhaps Micah is speaking for Israel? One of the purposes of prophecy is to give hope
     in bad times and here Micah can see the light for the people. ? prophetic of
     resurrection.
9. I will bear the indignation of YHWH
     because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and makes justice.
     He will bring me out to the light and I will see His righteousness.
     Afflicted saints should acknowledge the justice of their chastisements. Suffering in
     such a time is to be expected. The individual does bear responsibility for his society.
     Yet during such a time of discipline the true believer will not lose hope in God.

Israel’s enemies will be humbled
10. And will see my enemy and cover her shame, the one saying to me,
    Where is YHWH Your El?
    My eyes will look on her now she has become trodden down,
    like mud in the streets.

Israel re-gathered
11. A day to build your walls,
    in the day that the decree will be removed.
When Israel will be restored to her land in the Millennium she will rebuild her walls and
expand her boundaries. This may refer to walls around a vineyard not around a city as
Jerusalem, established in peace by the Messiah, will need no protective wall.
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12. The day that he will come even to you from Assyria and the fortified cities,
    from the fortress even to the River,
    and the sea to the sea, from the mountain to the mountain.
13. And the land will become a desolation
    because of those dwelling from the fruit of their doings.
    Israel’s enemies will be destroyed.


                                        GAP!


Micah’s prayer to God, the Shepherd of Israel to intervene to once again shepherd His
flock
14. Feed your people with your rod,
    the flock of your heritage dwelling alone in the wood in the midst of Carmel.
    Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.
    Shepherd Israel! Now Micah is talking to God. He asks God to rule and lead and find
    pasture for the people. The staff would be a rod of blessing not of judgment as in 6:9.
    He confesses Israel’s sins and counts on the grace of God for the future. God will do
    great things for Israel as in the days of old!
    Gilead is on the other side of the Jordan.

God’s promise to show miraculous things to His people
15. As in the days of your coming from out of the land of Egypt,
    I will cause him to see marvelous things.
In response to Micah’s request, YHWH told the nation that a time would come when He
would again be known as a miraculous God. When Israel came out of Egypt, God did
wonders on her behalf, releasing her from Egypt, enabling her to cross the Red Sea on
dry ground and providing for her in the desert. Once again the nation will have a great
exodus from its places of habitation and God will miraculously move the Israelites into
their land. This will occur when the Messiah returns and sets up His millennial rule.

The nation’s response
16. Nations will see and be ashamed at all their might
    and will see their hand over their mouth
    and their ears will be deaf.
    They will be ashamed.
17. They will lick the dust like a snake,
    like worms of the earth they will tremble out of their holes.
    To YHWH our God they will dread and fear from you.
When God miraculously re-gathers Israel, the nations will see it and be ashamed for His
power will be greater than theirs. Overwhelmed, they will be speechless and will refuse
to hear about Israel’s victories. In humiliation they will lick the dust like snakes and like
animals coming out of their hiding places they will surrender to YHWH and will be
fearful of Israel. These facts must have greatly encouraged the righteous remnant in
Micah’s day.
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Micah’s misery gives way to rejoicing as he realizes the judge in the courtroom is going
to show mercy as well. He has confidence in God’s forgiveness, his loyal love and
compassion, His conduct, His victory over sin and His faithfulness to his covenant
promises. He affirms that YHWH is unique.

18. Who is El like you,
    pardoning iniquity
    and passing over transgression the remnant of His possession?
    He does not make strong forever His anger,
    for He desires mercy.
RY*
Mi El ka mocha? = Who is El like you?
In this magnificent verse, Micah gives a picture of God’s salvation. Micah also uses a
word play on his own name, asking ‘Who is a God to you? The answer of course is ‘No
one!’
Deuteronomy 4:32-40 ‘To you it was shown, that you might know that YHWH, He is
God; there is none else beside Him’
Psalm 113:4-6 ‘Who is like YHWH, our God, who dwells on high?’

19. He will turn to show us mercy
    and He will trample our iniquities.
    And He will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
RY*
Based on this verse, a ceremony is held on the 2nd day of Rosh haShana called ‘Tashlikh’
/ ‘You shall cast’. Many will do just that and turn out their pockets over the water. Of
course Yeshua has already paid the price for our sins!

Coding: Starting with the 2nd tav and counting every 63rd letter from R to L spells
‘Teshuah’ or ‘Salvation by God through a man.’
The adjacent letters spell ‘levim’ or ‘the Levites.’ Salvation would come through a man
who would be a priest of the Levites. The tav is in Micah but the rest of the word is in
Nahum and goes through to Habakkuk.

20. You will give faithfulness to Jacob,
    and loving kindness to Abraham
    that you have sworn to our fathers from days of old.
RY*
Israel’s future restoration is related to the Abrahamic covenant. Yeshua will fulfill the
promises to Abraham.
Luke 1:55 ‘As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.’
Romans 15:8 ‘Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth
of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers.’
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God’s ultimate purpose for Israel was to be a witness to the nations. In the last days, the
nations will turn to God. Israel’s peace and prosperity will be realized when the Messiah
reigns. He will exercise justice over His and Israel’s opponents and He will extend grace
to His own. This promise gave Micah confidence in his dark days and is also a source of
comfort to believers today.


Micah affirmed these things about God
    He pardons the sin and transgression of the remnant of His inheritance
    He does not stay angry forever
    He likes to show mercy
    He will again have compassion on Israel
    He would deal with her sins by, figuratively speaking, treading them under foot
      and hurling them into the sea
    He is true to Jacob and shows mercy to Abraham. He is true to His Word and
      loyal to His commitments and His oath. Micah was trusting in God’s promises to
      Abraham which were confirmed to Jacob that He will bless their descendants.

In each of the restoration promises, look for the character of God.


References:
1. Sheila Burke, Shalom Ministries
2. Dakes Annotated Reference Bible, KJV, Dake Publishing
3. The Companion Bible, EW Bullinger, Kregel Publications
4. Unlocking the Bible, David Pawson, Collins
5. Libronix Digital Library

Compiled by Claire Gebers
cgebers@gmail.com

				
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