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He says that he shall wail like the dragons.


The Book of Micah contains three speeches; one for the capitals of the two kingdoms, one for the leaders and one for the common people. Micah is the thirty-third book in the Bible, and the sixth of the Minor Prophetical Books. Micah lived in the latter half of the 8th century BC and was from the village of Moresheth in the Southern Kingdom of Judah. His message is one of admonishment for their sins, but Micah also prophesies the Messianic Kingdom to come in the future, when there will be peace on earth.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
Micah's first speech is made to the capital cities of Judah and Israel. The capital of Judah was Jerusalem, but what was the capital of Israel?
Micah warns the people of Samaria of God's coming judgement because of their sins.

Micah 1:6-7
"Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field,
and as plantings of a vineyard:
and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley,
and I will discover the foundations thereof.
And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces,
and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire,
and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate:
for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot,
and they shall return to the hire of an harlot"
Micah next talks about the coming judgement upon Judah. He says that he shall wail like the dragons and mourn like the what?
Like the owls
Like the willow trees
Like the widows
Like the rains
Micah 1:8-9
"Therefore I will wail and howl,
I will go stripped and naked:
I will make a wailing like the dragons,
and mourning as the owls.
For her wound is incurable;
for it is come unto Judah;
he is come unto the gate of my people,
even to Jerusalem."

Micah then goes on to describe the destruction of certain towns. The method he uses in his speech is a play on words. For example, he says that the town of Aphrah (which means in English “dust”) should roll themselves in dust. Sadly the effect is lost in English translations of the Bible
Micah criticises those in power who have used violence to take away not only men's fields, but also what else?
Their flocks
Their crops
Their granaries
Their houses
These evil acts anger God and He promises to punish those who are responsible.

Micah 2:2-3
"And they covet fields, and take them by violence;
and houses, and take them away:
so they oppress a man and his house,
even a man and his heritage.
Therefore thus saith the Lord;
Behold, against this family do I devise an evil,
from which ye shall not remove your necks;
neither shall ye go haughtily:
for this time is evil"
Micah is told to stop prophesying but he refuses. He warns the people about listening to false prophets who encourage what behaviour?
Worshipping idols
Amassing money
Drinking alcohol
Ignoring God's law
The people Micah is addressing do not want to hear his words of admonishment. They would prefer to listen to someone extoling the virtues of alcohol rather than God.

Micah 2:11
"If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie,
saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink;
he shall even be the prophet of this people"
Micah once again condemns the leaders for their exploitation of the common folk. He says that the poor are treated as if they were what?
Slaves to be beaten
Goods to be traded
Meat to be eaten
Enemies to be raided
Micah warns the leaders that God is on the side of the people and their oppressors' pleas for mercy will not be heard.

Micah 3:1-4
"And I said, Hear, I pray you,
O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel;
Is it not for you to know judgment?
who hate the good, and love the evil;
who pluck off their skin from off them,
and their flesh from off their bones;
who also eat the flesh of my people,
and flay their skin from off them;
and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces,
as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
Then shall they cry unto the Lord,
but he will not hear them:
he will even hide his face from them at that time,
as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings"
Micah talks of the last days when people from all around the world shall go to Jerusalem. Why will they go there?
To burn the temple
To learn about and worship God
To make war against the city
To be judged by God
Micah is talking about the future when God will rule the world from mount Zion in Jerusalem.

Micah 4:1-2
"But in the last days it shall come to pass,
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and it shall be exalted above the hills;
and people shall flow unto it.
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 will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths:
for the law shall go forth of Zion,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem"
Micah predicts the coming of the Messiah, who he says will be born in which city?
In Jerusalem
In Hebron
In Nazareth
In Bethlehem
Micah 5:2
"But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah,
though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."

He was, of course, predicting the birth of Jesus. 700 years after Micah's time the Messiah was indeed born in Bethlehem
Micah tells the people that to atone for their sins making sacrifices is not enough. Even if they gave calves, rams and rivers of oil it would not suffice. Not even the sacrifice of what would help them?
The sacrifice of a lake full of wine
The sacrifice of all the herds in Israel
The sacrifice of a mountain of gold
The sacrifice of their eldest children
God shows us that he does not require sacrifice from us; only that we act justly, mercifully and that we walk humbly with Him.

Micah 6:6-8
"Wherewith shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before the high God?
shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves of a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Micah laments the state of the nations and warns his listeners that they should trust who?
Only their wives
Only their wives and fathers
Only their families
Micah warns that no one is to be trusted.

Micah 7:5-7
"Trust ye not in a friend,
put ye not confidence in a guide:
keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
For the son dishonoureth the father,
the daughter riseth up against her mother,
the daughter in law against her mother in law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Therefore I will look unto the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation:
my God will hear me"
The Book of Micah ends with a description of the future when the enemies of the Israelites will be astounded by what God does. Micah says that, because of their fear of God, they shall move out of holes like what animals?
Like earthworms
Like maggots
Like slugs
Like cockroaches
In the future, when God rules on earth, the Israelites' enemies will be shown just how powerless they are compared to God.

Micah 7:16-17
"The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might:
they shall lay their hand upon their mouth,
their ears shall be deaf.
They shall lick the dust like a serpent,
they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth:
they shall be afraid of the Lord our God,
and shall fear because of thee"


Author:  Graeme Haw

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