This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #561, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Micah 1:1.
1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
That was Micah 1:1. Now here is the sense of it.
The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:
The earth is called upon, with all that are therein, to hear the prophet. God’s holy temple will not protect false professors. Neither men of high degree, as the mountains, nor men of low degree, as the valleys, can secure themselves or the land from the judgments of God. If sin be found in God’s people he will not spare them; and their sins are most provoking to him, for they are most reproaching. When we feel the smart of sin, it behoves us to seek what is the sin we smart for. Persons and places most exalted, are most exposed to spiritual diseases. The vices of leaders and rulers shall be surely and sorely punished. The punishment answers the sin. What they gave to idols, never shall prosper, nor do them any good. What is got by one lust, is wasted on another.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
Here Micah foretold God’s judgment on Israel and Judah. He also wrote that the nation will ultimately be restored to prominence and prosperity. The prophet was sure because of the promises God had given other writers. God had promised Abraham that he would have many descendants and they would dwell in Palestine. Through Moses God promised the people they would enjoy great blessing in the land. He told David that his offspring and throne would continue forever. The Major and Minor Prophets also wrote messages of consolation that God will ultimately bless the nation because of His promises. Isaiah, Micah’s contemporary, also prophesied that God will restore the nation.
The theme of judgment, voiced repeatedly in the prophetic books, can be traced back to Deuteronomy 27–28 when Moses warned the people about to enter the Promised Land about the dangers that awaited them there. The previous adult generation (except Caleb and Joshua) had died in the wilderness because of their refusal to follow God’s command to possess the land. So Moses told the new generation that they had a choice. They could either follow the covenant given them by God and live in the land with prosperity, or they could refuse and be cursed in the land with a lack of fertility and productivity (of people, animals, and crops) and ultimately be exiled from the land of promise. From that point on, much of the narrative and prophetic portions of the Old Testament focus on Israel’s failure to live according to God’s covenantal stipulations. Micah, along with Amos, especially pointed up the social failures of the nation in not keeping the covenant.
A number of important introductory points are made in this opening verse. Micah said the message of his book was the word of the Lord. This phrase, common to many of the prophets, is important in light of this revelation or “word” from the Lord to His people. God wanted Israel to react rationally to His word and to make proper decisions based on it. Her religious system contrasted directly with the contemporary pagan fertility religions in which sensory experience was the highest form of religious expression.
The prophet said he was from Moresheth (called Moresheth Gath in v. 14; perhaps modern Tell Ju-dai-yi-deh). The town was about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem, though its exact location has been disputed. Micah prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. Micah prophesied about both the Northern and the Southern Kingdoms, but he mentioned only these three kings of Judah because the kings in the north were not in the Davidic line. The dates of these three kings means that Micah’s ministry fell between 750 and 686, though scholars normally assume that Micah’s ministry ended in the early part of Hezekiah’s reign (perhaps before 700 b.c.). Micah’s book relays the vision he saw concerning Samaria, capital of the Northern Kingdom (Israel), and Jerusalem, capital of the Southern Kingdom (Judah). The Hebrew word for “vision” suggests that God gave these passages to Micah who “saw” them mentally and spiritually. These cities obviously represented all 12 tribes of the nation. The prophet denounced evil which was rampant throughout the nation. The Northern Kingdom had long before strayed from the covenant given through Moses. And the people in the Southern Kingdom were acting like their brothers and sisters to the north, failing to live according to the covenant.
Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
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