Michćas [Also known as] Micah

Son of Morasthi

J E Bradburn

 

Michćas 1--16

Little is known about the prophet Micah beyond what can be learned from the book itself and from Jeremiah 26:18. Micah was from the town of Moresheth (1:1), probably Moresheth Gath (1:14) in southern Judah. The prophecy attests to Micah's deep sensitivity to the social ills of his day, especially as they affected the small towns and villages of his homeland.

 

Jeremiah 26:18 (KJV) Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.”

 

1 And the word of the Lord that came to Michćas the son of Morasthi in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Word of the Lord. This is the only occurrence of this expression in the book of Micah: bidding us to receive it from Jehovah, and not Micah, and to note Micah’s pen but Jehovah’s words. 2 Hear these words, ye people; and let the earth give heed, and all that are in it: and the Lord God shall be among you for a testimony, the Lord out of His holy habitation.  3 For, behold, the Lord comes forth out of His place, and will come down, and will go upon the high places of the earth. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

https://levendwater.org/companion/append92.html Amos 4:13 (KJV) For, lo, He that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is His thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name.”4 And the mountains shall be shaken under Him, and the valleys shall melt like wax before the fire, and as water rushing down a declivity (a surface, especially a piece of land, that slopes downwards). 5 All these calamities are for the transgression of Jacob http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Lineage3.htm (Read all), and for the sin of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? and what is the sin of the house of Juda? Is it not Jerusalem?” 6 Therefore I will make Samaria as a store house of the fruits of the field, and as a planting of a vineyard: and I will utterly demolish her stones, and I will expose her foundations.”

7 And they shall cut in pieces all the graven images, and all that she has hired they shall burn with fire, and I will utterly destroy all her idols: because she has gathered of the hires of fornication, and of the hires of fornication has she amassed wealth. 8 “Therefore shall she lament and wail, she shall go barefooted, and being naked she shall make lamentation as that of the serpents, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm and mourning as of the daughters of sirens.”

9 For her plague has become grievous; for it has come even to Juda; and has reached to the gate of My people, even to Jerusalem.” 10 “Ye that are in Geth [Gath], exalt not yourselves, and ye Enakim, do not rebuild from the ruins of  the house in derision: sprinkle dust in the place of your laughter. 2 Samuel 1:20 (KJV) “Tell it not in Gath [Geth], publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.” 11 The inhabitant of Sennaar  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinar,  fairly inhabiting her cities, came not forth to mourn for the house next to her: she shall receive of you the stroke of grief.”

12 “Who has begun to act for good to her that dwells in sorrow? for calamities have come down from the Lord upon the gates of Jerusalem, 13 “even a sound of chariots and horsemen: the inhabitants of Lachis, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Lachish she is the leader of sin to the daughter of Sion: for in thee were found the transgressions of Israel.” 14 “Therefore shall He cause men to sent forth as far as the inheritance of Geth, even vain houses; they are become vanity to the kings of Israel;” 15 “until they bring the heirs, O inhabitants of Lachis: the inheritance shall reach to Odollam (form of Adullam), even the glory of the daughter of Israel.” 16 “Shave thine hair, and make thyself bald for thy delicate children; increase thy widowhood as an eagle; for thy people have gone into captivity from thee.”

 

Michćas 2:1—3:4

2:1 They meditated troubles, and wrought wickedness on their beds, and they put it in execution with the daylight; for they have not lifted up their hands to God.” 2:2 “And they desired fields, and plundered orphans, and oppressed families, and spoiled a man and his house, even a man and his iheritance.” 2:3 “Therefore thus saith the Lord; ‘Behold, I devise evils against this family, out of which ye shall not lift up your necks, neither shall ye walk upright speedily: for the time is evil.” 2:4 “In that day shall a parable be taken up against you, and a plaintive lamentation shall be uttered, saying, We are thoroughly miserable: the portion of My people has been measured out with a line, and there was none to hinder him so as to turn him back; your fields have been divided.’” 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have no one to cast a line fort the lot.” 2:6 “Weep not with tears in the assembly of the Lord, neither let any weep for these things; for He shall not remove the reproaches,” 2:7 who says, The house of Jacob has provoked the Spirit of the Lord; are not these His practices? Are not the Lords Words right with him? and have they not proceeded correctly?”

 

2:8 Even beforetime My people withstood him [Satan] as an enemy against his peace; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm they have stripped off his skin to remove hope in the conflict of war.”

 

2:9 The leaders of My people shall be cast forth from their luxurious houses; they are rejected because of their evil practices; draw ye near to the everlasting mountains.”  (Draw near to Our everlasting Lord God)

 

The tares, Matthew 13:24—30 http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm (Then and now). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm

24 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:”

25 “But while men slept, his enemy [Satan] came and sowed tares [poisonous weeds] among the wheat, and went his way.”

26 “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.”

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, “Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?”

28 He said unto them, “An enemy [Satan] hath done this.” The servants said unto him, “Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?”

29 But he said, “Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.”

30 “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers [angels],’ “Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn.’”

 

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm  Godsplan of Salvation http://www.godsplan.org.uk/

 

2:10 Arise thou, and depart; for this is not thy rest because of uncleanness: ye have been utterly destroyed.”  2:11 ye have fled, no one pursuing you: thy spirit has framed falsehood, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/internalspirit.htm it has dropped on thee for wine and strong drink. But it shall come to pass, that out of the dropping of this people, 2:12 “Jacob shall be completely gathered with all his people: I will surely receive the remnant of Israel; http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm

I will cause them to return together, as sheep in trouble, as a flock in the midst of their fold: they shall rush forth from among men through the breach made before them: 2:13 they have broken through, and passed the gate, and gone out by it: and their King has gone out before them, and the Lord shall lead them.”  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/housesofisrael.htm

 

Ezekiel 37:15-28 (KJV)

15 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

16 “Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions [Ben]: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim [UK] and for all the house of Israel his companions:”  http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm

17And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.”

18 “And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, ‘Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?’”

19 Say unto them, “Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.”

20 “And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.”

21 And say unto them, “Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

22And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all [David]: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”

23Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.”

24And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them.”

25And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and My servant David shall be their prince for ever.”

26Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.”

27My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

28 “And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”

 

3:1 And He shall say, “Hear now these words, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and ye remnant of the house of Israel; is it not for you to know judgement?” 3:2 who hate good, and seek evil; who tear their skins off them, and their flesh off their bones: 3:3 “even as they devoured the flesh of My people, and stripped their skins off them, and broke their bones, and divided them as flesh for the caldron, and as meat for the pot,” 3: 4 thus they shall cry to the Lord, but He shall not hearken to them; and He shall turn away His face from them at that time, because they have done wickedly in their practices against themselves.

 

 

4:5 “Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that lead My people astray, that bite with their teeth, and proclaim peace to them; and when nothing was put into their mouth, they raised up war against them:” 4:6 “therefore there shall be night to you instead of a vision, and there shall be to you darkness instead of prophecy; and the sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be dark upon them. 4:7 “And the seers of night visions shall be ashamed, and the prophets shall be laughed to scorn: and all the people shall speak against them,because there shall be none to hearken to them.

 

Michćas 4:8—5:9

 

4:8 “Surely I will strengthen myself with the Spirit of the Lord, and of judgement, and of power, to declare to Jacob his transgressions, and to Israel his sins.  4:9 “Hear now these words, ye chiefs of the house of Jacob, and the remnant of the house of Israel, who hate judgement, and pervert all righteousness; 4:10 who build up Sion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.  4:11 “The heads thereof have judged for gifts, and the priests thereof have answered for hire, and her prophets have divined her silver: and yet they have rested on the Lord, saying, Is not the Lord among us? No evil shall come upon us.” 4:12 “Therefore on your account Sion shall be ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem shall be as a storehouse of fruits, and the mountain of the house as a grove of the forest. (a plantation of trees) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gentont.htm

 

5:1 And at the last days the mountain of the Lord will be manifest established on the tops of the mountains, and it shall be exalted (high in rank, position, or esteem) above the hills; and the people shall hasten to it.” 5:2 And many nations shall go, and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and they shall shew us His way, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Sion shall go forth a law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” 5:3 “And He shall judge among many peoples, and shall rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles; and nation shall no more lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn to war anymore.” [No more killing.]

5:4 “And everyone shall rest under his vine, and everyone under his fig tree; and there shall be none to alarm them: for the mouth of the Lord Almighty has spoken these words.”

5:5 “For all other nations shall walk everyone in his own way, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.” [Judah].  [Samaria, Kingdom of Israel].

 

5:6 In that day” saith the Lord, ‘I will gather her that is bruised, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith [Judah] and receive her that is cast out, http://godsplan.org.uk/fulltentribes.htm and those whom I rejected.”  

 

5:7 And I will make her that was bruised a remnant, and her that was rejected a mighty nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Sion from henceforth, even forever.”

 

http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm - Paradise regained - http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm

 

5:8 “And thou, dark tower of the flock, daughter of Sion on thee the dominion shall come and enter in, even the first kingdom from Babylon to the daughter of Jerusalem. 5:9 “And now, why hast thou known calamities? Was there not a king to thee? Or has thy counsel perished that pangs as of a woman in travail (to undergo the labour of childbirth) have seized upon thee?

 

Michćas 5:10—6:15 (History)

 

5:10 “Be in pain, and strengthen thyself, and draw near, O daughter of Sion, as a woman in travail: for now thou shalt go forth out of the city, and shalt lodge in the plain, and shall reach even to Babylon: thence shall the Lord thy God deliver thee [from Babylon],  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Great_in_the_Bible and thence shall He redeem thee out of the hand of thine enemies. [Kingdom of God]” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm 6:1 “And now [you] have many nations gathered against thee, saying, “We will rejoice, and our eyes shall look upon Sion.” 6:2 “But they know not the thought of the Lord, and have not understood His counsel: for He has gathered them as sheaves of the floor. 6:3 “Arise, and thresh them, O daughter of Sion: for I will make thine horns iron, and I will make thine hooves brass: and thou shalt utterly destroy many nations, and shall consecrate (to declare or set apart a building, area of ground, or specific spot as holy), their abundance to the Lord, and their strength to the Lord of all the earth.” 6:1“Now shall the daughter of Sion be completely hedged in: He has laid siege against us: they shall smite the tribes of Israel with a rod upon the cheek,” 6:2 “And thou, Bethlehem, house of Ephratha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephrath, (home of Ben) art few in number to be reckoned among the thousands of Juda; yet out of thee shall one come forth to Me, to be a ruler of Israel; and His going forth were from the beginning, even from eternity.”  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/charts&tables.htm  6:3 “Therefore shall He appoint them to wait till the time of her travails: she shall bring forth, and then the remnant of their brethren shall return to the children of Israel. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm  6:4 And the Lord shall stand, and see, and feed His flock with power, and they shall dwell in the glory of the Lord their God: for now shall they be magnified to the ends of the earth.” 6:5 “And she shall have peace when Assur [Ashur] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashur shall come into your land, and when he shall come up upon country; and there shall be raised up against him seven shepherds, and eight attacks of men.” 6:6 “And they shall tend the Assyrian with a sword, and the land of Nebrod [Nimrod] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimrod  with her trench: and he shall deliver you from the Assyrian, when he shall come upon your land, and when he shall invade your coasts.”  6:7 “And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many peoples, as for falling from the Lord, and as lambs on the grass; that none may assemble nor resist among the sons of men.” 6:8 “And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many nations, as a lion in the forest among cattle, and as a lion’s whelp among flocks of sheep, even as when he goes through, and selects, and carries off his prey, and there is none to deliver.

6:9 Thine hand shall be lifted up against them that afflict thee, and all thine enemies shall be utterly destroyed.”  6:10 “And it shall come to pass in that day,’ saith the Lord, ‘that I will utterly destroy the horses out of the midst of thee, and destroy thy chariots:” 6:11 “and I will utterly destroy the cities of thy land, and demolish all the strongholds:” 6:12 ‘and I will utterly destroy thy sorceries out of thine hands; and there shall be no soothsayers in thee.” 6:13 “And I will utterly destroy thy graven images, and thy statues out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt never anymore worship the works of thine hands.” 6:14 “And I will cut off the groves out of the midst of thee, and I will abolish thy cities.” 

6:15 “And I will execute vengeance on the heathen in anger and in wrath, because they hearkened not.

 

Michćas 7:1--16

7:1 “Hear now a word:” the Lord God has said; “Arise, plead with the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.” Revelation 6:16 “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm  7:2 “Hear ye, O mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and ye valleys even the foundations of the earth: for the Lord has a controversy with His people, and will plead with Israel.” 7:3 “O My people, what have I done to thee? Or wherein have I grieved thee? Or wherein have I troubled thee? Answer Me.” 7:4 “For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage, and sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Mariam. [as opposed to Mary]” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/exodus34.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/pureHeavenlytruth.htm

7:5 “O My people, remember now, what counsel Balac king of Moab took against thee, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, from the reeds to Galgal (Arabic: meaning wheel); that the righteousness of the Lord might be known.

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm  7:6 “Wherewithal shall I reach the Lord, and lay hold of My God most High? Shall I reach Him by whole-burnt-offerings, by calves of a year old?” 7:7 “Will the Lord accept thousands of rams or ten thousands of fat goats? Should I give My firstborn for ungodliness, the fruit of My body for the sin of My soul?” 7:8 “Has it not been told of thee, O man, what is good? Or what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, and love mercy, and be ready to walk with the Lord thy God.  7:9 “The Lord’s voice shall be proclaimed in the city, and He shall save those that fear His name: hear O tribe, and who shall order the city?  7:10 “Is there not fire, and the house of the wicked heaping up wicked treasures, and that with the pride of unrighteousness?” 7:11 “Shall the wicked be justified by the balance, or deceitful weights in the bag.” 7:12 “whereby they have accumulated their ungodly wealth, and they that dwell in the city have uttered falsehoods, and their tongue has been exalted in their mouth.”  7:13 “Therefore I will begin to smite thee; I will destroy thee in thy sins.” 7:14 “Thou shalt eat, and not be satisfied; and there shall be darkness upon thee; and thou shalt not escape; and all that shall escape shall be delivered over to the sword.” 7:15 “Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt press the olive, but thou shalt not anoint yourself with oil; and shall make wine, but ye shall drink no wine: and the ordinances [law] of My people shall be utterly abolished.” 7:16 “For thou has kept the statutes of Zambri (One of the sons of Ezora who put away their foreign wives (1 Esdras 9:34), and done all the works of the house of Achaab; and ye have walked in their ways, that I might deliver thee to utter destruction, and those that inhabit the city of hissing: and ye shall bear the reproach of nations.”

 

Michćas 8:1—20

8:1 “Alas for Me! for I am become as one gathering straw in harvest, and as one gathering grape gleanings in the vintage, when there is no cluster for Me to eat the first ripe fruit: alas My soul!” (What a sad situation) 8:2 “For the godly is perished from the earth; and there is none among men that orders his way aright: they all quarrel even to blood: 8:3 “they grievously afflict everyone his neighbour: they prepare their hands for mischief, the prince asks a reward, and the judge speaks flattering words; it is the desire of their soul:” 8:4 “therefore I will take away their goods as a devouring moth, and as one who acts by a rigid rule in a day of visitation. Woe, woe, thy times of vengeance are come; now shall be their lamentations. 8:5 “Trust not in friends, and confide not in guides: beware of thy wife, so as not to commit anything to her. “ 8:6 “For the son dishonours his father, the daughter will rise up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother–in-law: those in his house shall be all a man’s enemies.” 8:7 But I will look to the Lord; I will wait upon God my Saviour: my God will hearken to me.” 8:8 “Rejoice not against me, mine enemy; for I have fallen yet shall arise; for though I should sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.” 8:9 “I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He make good my cause; He also shall maintain my right, and shall bring me out to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness.” 8:10 “And she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shall clothe thyself with shame, who says, Where is the Lord thy God?” mine eyes shall look upon her: now shall she be for trampling as mire in the ways.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/witnessofthestars1.htm 8:11 It is the day of making brick; that day shall be thine utter destruction, and that day shall utterly abolish thine ordinances” [The Lord’s Day[.

8:12 “And thy cities shall be levelled, and parted among the Assyrians; and thy strong cities shall be parted from Tyre to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.” 8:13 “And the land shall be utterly desolate together with them that inhabit it, because of the fruit of their doings.” 8:14 “Tend thy people with thy rod, the sheep of thine inheritance, those that inhabit by themselves the thicket in the midst of Carmel: they shall feed in the land of Basan, and in the land of Galaad, as in the days of old.” 8:15 “And according to the days of thy departure out of Egypt shall ye see marvellous things.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/exodus34.htm  8:16 “The nations shall see and be assembled; and at all their might they shall lay their hands upon their mouth, their ears shall be deafened.” 8:17 “They shall lick the dust as serpents crawling on the earth, they shall be confounded in their holes; they shall be amazed at the Lord our God,and will be afraid of thee.” 8:18 “Who is a God like thee, cancelling iniquities, and passing over the remnants of His inheritance? And He has not kept His anger for a testimony, for He delights in mercy.

8:19 He will return and have mercy upon us; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm  He will sink our iniquities, and they shall be cast into the depths of the sea, even all our sins.”

 

8:20 “He shall give blessings truly to Jacob, and mercy to Abraam [Abraham], as Thou swarest to our fathers, according to the former days.”

 

Amen.