The Rulers and Prophets of Micah's Time
Personality Profile: Micah
1:1 Name means: “Who is like the Lord?”
Not to be confused with: Micah the Ephraimite (Judg. 17–18), or Micaiah the prophet in the time of Ahab (1 Kin. 22:8–28; 2 Chr. 18:3–27).
Home: Moresheth, possibly the same as Moresheth Gath (Mic. 1:14), a city in the lowlands of Judah, about 22 miles southwest of Jerusalem.
Occupation: Prophet in Judah during the reigns of Jotham (c. 750–735 a.d.), Ahaz (c. 735–715 a.d.), and Hezekiah (c. 715–686 a.d.).
Best known today as: A contemporary of Isaiah (see Is. 1:1) who denounced Judah for adopting the idolatrous ways of Israel, and criticized the leaders of Jerusalem for their oppressive policies toward the country’s rural citizens.
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Mi 2.2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Micah & Isaiah
There are many parallels in the messages of Isaiah and Micah, and the message of each can be seen in the other. For instance, compare:
2:6, 11 30:10
Richards, L., & Richards, L. O. (1987). The teacher's commentary. Includes index. (477). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.
Served as a prophet to Judah 742-687 B.C.
1) THE TRIAL OF THE CAPITALS (1:1-2:13)
2) THE TRIAL OF THE LEADERS (3:1-5:15)
Micah emphasized the need for justice and peace. Like a lawyer, he set forth God's case against Israel and Judah, their leaders, and their people. Throughout the book are prophecies about Jesus, the Messiah, who will gather the people into one nation. He will be their King and Ruler, acting mercifully toward them. Micah makes it clear that God hates unkindness, idolatry, injustice, and empty ritual - and he still hates these today. But God is very willing to pardon the sins of any who repent.
God's Forgiveness of Sin
God removes our sins as far as the E is from the W (Ps 103:12)
God completely cleanses us from the stain of our sins (Isa 1:18)
God throws our sins behind His back (Isa 38:17)
God remembers our sins no more (Jer 31:34)
God treads our sins underfoot (Mic 7:19)
God hurls our sins into the depths of the sea (Mic 7:19)