Micah 4

DateVersionReading Plan
@November 27, 2023ESV (2016)ESV Prophets Plan 2023


  • The Mountain of the Lord
  • The Lord Shall Rescue Zion


Micah speaks of a day to come where God will restore the prosperity of Israel. In this future time, nations will desire to go up to the mountain of the LORD and “walk in his paths” (Micah 4:2). There will be a prevailing peace, where weapons will be refashioned into farming tools no one will even learn of war. God will gather a remnant from among those who have been driven away and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion. However, the daughter of Zion must first face God’s judgment through exile. The nations will gaze upon Zion with malicious intent, but will not know of God’s ultimate plan of redemption. By God’s sovereign power, He will make His frail people into a mighty army to thresh their enemies, but until then they will endure attack and the humiliation of her ruler.

A chosen remnant of the people would one-day be delivered by the LORD and given dominion, but first had to endure the trial of His judgment through exile. So much of this narrative reflects the ministry of Jesus and that there was no other way to achieve exaltation but through humiliation. And though He knew what lie ahead of Him, Jesus’ prayer in the garden was one of full submission and surrender: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt. 26:39). We would just as much want for our cup of temporal struggle and bodily death to pass from us, but this would only be an adjournment from God’s plan. Instead, we are to place our faith in the promises and finished work of Jesus, seeing how He modeled for us the means of glorification through hardship.

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