Just as in last week’s passage, Micah uses shocking images followed by words of comfort to awaken God’s people to conversion. Wicked rulers have exploited the people as cannibals devouring human flesh. Images of this horrific practice continue in 3:1–5.
Chapter 4 marks a strong shift. The words are virtually identical to Isaiah 2:2–4. Abused by worldly power, God’s people will find themselves filled with strength from the Lord. Having been cast off to the margin, the powerless will find themselves in the center; worldly powers will be the ones on the sidelines.
The sharp contrast of poetic images call you forth to total freedom and availability for the saving work that God wants to do through you.
Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
In the season of Pentecost we read Amos to Nahum with Lamentations 4—5 in the Ninth Week.
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Example: Beating swords into plowshares 4:4
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