Israel has exploited the poor and twisted the laws of the Torah, and God’s justice means that he will deal with them severely. But Micah’s prophecies are not without hope. The God of Israel is also faithful and full of mercy. God promises to preserve a faithful remnant, from which he will create a new Jerusalem on the other side of sin and exile.
The Good Shepherd
The book of Micah paints a picture of a just yet merciful God. Like a shepherd, God will one day gather and restore a faithful remnant to the land. He will rebuild Jerusalem, defeat evil forever, and send a messianic King to rule over the people and bless all the nations.
The book of Micah opens with God's appearance over Israel like at Mount Sinai in Exodus, coming to judge the rebellious people.
Israel's leaders violate the Torah as they accept bribes, bend justice, favor the wealthy, and steal land from the poor. God will judge them severely.
Hope and Restoration
Although God accuses and warns the people, he also gives them hope. He will shepherd the faithful remnant and gather all the nations to Israel.
After the Assyrian attack and Babylonian exile, God will restore his people in their land with a new Jerusalem and a messianic King.
Future Hope in God
Israel begs God to forgive them, and because of his merciful character and covenant promise to Abraham, he will.