Judgment and Deliverance: Part 1

Posted by on Apr 20, 2008 in Rev. Serven

Text: Micah 1:1-16

Today we start the exposition of the Old Testament book of Micah.

The timing of Micah’s ministry was from 750-686 B.C. Thus, he prophesied during the reigns of three Judean kings: Jotham (750-735 B.C.), Ahaz (735-715 B.C.), and Hezekiah (715-686 B.C.).

Micah condemned the rampant corruption, the excessive affluence, and the pervasive idolatry that had arisen in both Israel (the northern kingdom) and Judah (the southern kingdom). In particular, Micah prophesied that the Lord would raise-up a foreign power (i.e. Assyria) to bring judgment upon his people. Despite this judgment, the Lord would also deliver them from their oppressors by preserving a remnant who would be faithful to his law.

As we study these timely prophecies, let us give special thought to the characteristics of those who are truly spiritual: these people demonstrate justice, kindness, and humility (Micah 6:8).