Micah reminds Israel of God’s goodness and their failure. He says all the Lord required of them was to be just, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord. Instead, the people walk in wickedness and follow the practices of the wicked Israel kings, Omri and Ahab, and the Lord isn’t going to tolerate it much longer.
Micah says there’s not one faithful man among them and knowing the Assyrians are about to invade, Micah puts his hope in the Lord. “Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation, My God will hear me.”
Micah ends with a prayer asking the Lord to shepherd His people like He did when He brought them out of Egypt so the nations would fear Him and His people would return to Him. Micah knows that God’s mercy is great and that He is working His plan to send a Savior to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves…to cleanse us from our sins and give us a heart that loves the Lord and desires obedience to His Word. One day Jesus will come and fulfill these words from Micah: “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
As the Lord said, the Assyrians are now invading Judah. Hezekiah, king of Judah, tells the people not to fear the Assyrians bc “with him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles”.
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sends the Rabshakeh (a title meaning “chief of the princes”) to tell Judah not to listen to King Hezekiah and not to trust the Lord to deliver them from the Assyrians. The Rabshakeh says “who among all the gods of the lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?” Sennacherib and the Rabshakeh obviously don’t understand the difference between the Lord and all those other false gods.
The people of Judah do not respond to the Rabshakeh but Eliakim, Shebna, and Joab tear their clothes in distress and leave to tell King Hezekiah all that the Rabshakeh said.
Tomorrow we will see how Hezekiah responds. Keep reading.
(Micah 6:1-7:20, 2 Chronicles 32:1-8, 2 Kings 18:13-18, Isaiah 36:1-3, 2 Kings 18:19-37, Isaiah 36:4-22)