Today we meet the prophet Micah who is from a small town in southwest Judah and a contemporary of the prophet Isaiah. “Micah may have spoken these words of judgment shortly before Israel was captured by Assyria in 722 BC.”
Micah begins his prophecy by calling all the people of the earth to listen. He says judgment is coming from the Lord for all the sins of the house of Israel. He specifically calls out Samaria and Jerusalem bc they are the capitals of Israel and Judah. Micah is foretelling the destruction of Israel by the Assyrians and the future invasion of Judah by the Babylonians and he mourns the thought of his people in exile.
Currently Ahaz, the evil king of Judah, engages in pagan worship like the nations around them. During this time the Assyrian nation is expanding their empire. King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah of Israel ask King Ahaz of Judah to join forces with them against the Assyrians. King Ahaz refuses and as a result Judah is suffering attacks from Israel, Syria, and other surrounding nations.
But when Israel takes 200,000 captives from Judah to Samaria the Lord rebukes Israel. He says that He allowed Israel to oppress Judah bc of their wickedness but He was not happy with how zealously they attacked them. So Israel let the captives go back home.
The Lord then sends Isaiah and his son Shear-Jashub (whose name means ”a remnant shall return”) to Ahaz to tell him not to fear his enemies and to trust the Lord to protect Judah, David’s bloodline. Isaiah says “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel…For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.” This is a prophesy of the virgin Mary’s birth of our Savior Jesus Christ whom they will call Immanuel, which means “God with us”. (Matthew 1:20-23) The immediate fullfillment of this prophecy is that the kings of Syria and Israel will be defeated but the magnificent long term fulfillment is the birth of Jesus.
We end the reading with Isaiah warning of Assyria’s power and the future destruction of the land by the Assyrians, the nation King Ahaz trusts for protection.
Tomorrow Isaiah gives more insight on our coming Savior so keep reading.
(2 Kings 15:32-38, 2 Chronicles 27:1-9, Micah 1:1-16, 2 Kings 16:1-9, 2 Chronicles 28:1-15, Isaiah 7:1-25)