Micah and Inheritance

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More than three hundred Messianic prophecies are contained in the Tanakh. Foundational biblical doctrines such as the virgin birth, atonement for sin, righteousness through faith, covering of sin through blood sacrifice, heaven and hell, the rejection of Messiah by His own people and then their ultimate acceptance of Him— all are found in the pages of the Hebrew Scriptures. They are specific details written hundreds of years before Yeshua was ever born. Yeshua fulfilled many of these in connection with His First Coming. The remaining prophecies will be fulfilled upon His return. It is vital to use Old Testament prophecies and not just the New Testament when sharing the Gospel with Jewish people. A common misconception among Christians is that Jewish people will know their own Scriptures. This is absolutely untrue. The fact is that most Jewish people have never read the Scriptures upon which they claim to base their religion and faith. – Jonathan Bernis

Final Chapter and Blog on the Prophet Micah…

Woe is me! For I am like the fruit pickers, like the grape gatherers. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, or a first-ripe fig which I crave. 2 The godly person has perished from the land, and there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait for bloodshed; each of them hunts the other with a net. 3 Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, and a great man speaks the desire of his soul; so they weave it together (Micah 7:1-3 NASB).

The emotional exclamation “Woe is me!” is Micah, as a representative of repentant Israel, confessing corruption and lamenting the necessity of punishment. Israel has borne no good fruit for the LORD.  There is no fruit left, even though it is diligently searched for.  The entire fabric of the nation of Judah is so spoiled with corruption and vileness, beginning at the top and filtering down, that there is nothing good that can be said.  Scheduling any type of prayer or fasting around their corruption and drunken orgies would be totally meaningless, unless it was individual true repentance.

The best of them is like a briar, the most upright like a thorn hedge. The day when you post your watchmen, your punishment will come. Then their confusion will occur. 5 Do not trust in a neighbor; do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom guard your lips. 6 For son treats father contemptuously, daughter rises up against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own household (Micah 7:4-6 NASB).

The “watchmen” or Prophets of Old had predicted this coming wrath, but it had been disregarded. Selfishness reigned everywhere, and not even the closest of family or neighbors could be trusted.

The Messiah Jesus quoted something similar to this:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set as man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household (Matt 11:34-36 KJV).

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. 8 Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me. 9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out to the light, and I will see His righteousness. 10 Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will look on her; at that time she will be trampled down like mire of the streets (Micah 7:7-10 NASB).

Even after announcing severe judgment, Micah, like most of the Prophets, leaps ahead and portrays the glorious future which Israel will ultimately see, thereby fulfilling the Promises made to the Patriarchs and Prophets of Old. There will be a day when the Remnant of Israel, though written off by the vast majority of the world, will look to the Messiah Jesus in Repentance for Salvation, recognizing that “the LORD is a light for me.”

It will be a day for building your walls. On that day will your boundary be extended. 12 It will be a day when they will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, from Egypt even to the Euphrates, even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain. 13 And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants, on account of the fruit of their deeds. 14 Shepherd Your people with Your scepter, the flock of Your possession which dwells by itself in the woodland, in the midst of a fruitful field. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old (Micah 7:11-14 NASB).

Zion is described as a vineyard where the fence had been destroyed but which has now been rebuilt. This speaks of the restoration of the coming Kingdom Age after the Return of Jesus.  “Assyria” is used as a type of the greatest enemy of God.  The fortified cities of “Egypt” symbolize the nations of the world.

The prayer in this passage is addressed to the Messiah, the Great Shepherd of His People. This rod will comfort them and not smite them.  Once again, this Prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.

“As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will show you miracles.” 16 Nations will see and be ashamed of all their might. They will put their hand on their mouth, their ears will be deaf. 17 They will lick the dust like a serpent, like reptiles of the earth. They will come trembling out of their fortresses; to the Lord our God they will come in dread and they will be afraid before You (Micah 7:15-17 NASB).

“They will lick the dust like a serpent” is a figure of complete defeat. This will occur in the Battle of Armageddon and its immediate aftermath.

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. 20 You will give truth to Jacob and unchanging love to Abraham, which You swore to our forefathers from the days of old (Micah 7:18-20 NASB).

Upon the Revelation of this tremendous coming Restoration, Micah exclaims, “Who is a God like You?” The LORD has had compassion before—many times!—and He will do so again.  “He will tread our iniquities under foot” literally means that he will totally rescue from their grasp.  And as well, He will cast sin into the sea of forgetfulness to be remembered no more.

So, like Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Micah’s Book of Prophecy starts with God’s Wrath and ends with God’s Forgiveness. He will absolutely perform the Promises made to the forefathers.  He has “sworn,” and therefore, we have certitude of this coming action.  His Promises of Inheritance to Abraham and Jacob are guaranteed.

Blessed be the LORD my strength, Who teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in Whom I trust; Who subdues my people under me.  LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him!  Or the son of man, that You make account of him!  Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passes away.  Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.  Cast forth lightning, and scatter them; shoot out Your arrows, and destroy them.  Send Your Hand above; ride me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children; whose mouth speaks vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.  I will sing a new song unto You, O God; upon a psaltery and an instrument of then strings will I sing praises unto You (Psalm 144:1-9 KJV).