And many nations shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways, and we may walk in His paths. For the law shall go forth out of Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And He shall judge between many peoples and shall decide for strong nations afar off, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken it.
For all the peoples walk every man in the name of his god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
In that day, says the Lord, I will assemble the lame, and I will gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted.
And I will make the lame a remnant, and those who were cast off a strong nation; and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forever.
And you, O tower of the flock, the hill and stronghold of the Daughter of Zion, unto you the former dominion shall come, the kingdom of the Daughter of Jerusalem.
Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king among you? Has your counselor perished, that pains have taken you like a woman in labor?
Writhe in pain and labor to bring forth, O Daughter of Zion, like a woman in childbirth; for now you shall go forth out of the city and you shall live in the open country. You shall go to Babylon; there you shall be rescued. There the Lord shall redeem you from the hand of your enemies.
Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, Let her be profaned and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.
But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither do they understand His plan, for He shall gather them as the sheaves to the threshing floor.
Arise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion! For I will make your horn iron and I will make your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples, and I will devote their gain to the Lord and their treasure to the Lord of all the earth.
Summary: God intentionally worked out his plan for the birth of Jesus in the city of Bethlehem. To emphasize his providence, he used the symbolism of shepherding; and not just any shepherding, that of the fields around Bethlehem.
Summary: Little is said about the actual place where Jesus was born, instead we accept tradition over scriptures as to the place of his birth. This evening I would like for us to go to the Word of God and see what it says about this very topic.
Summary: Peace is something the world needs to learn from the church. To be peacemakers we must teach all of God’s truth, we must model peaceful resolution, we must equip with real skills, and we must find peace with God through Christ.
Summary: Let us study Micah’s therapeutic suggestions for times of crisis in 4:9-5:1. They can help us get through any type of crisis in our lives. Notice three “now’s” (4:9, 11, 5:1). There represent Micah’s three suggestions.
Summary: The book of Micah is well worth reading. It’s a book relevant to us today, and Micah offers a peep into the future when God will bring peace, disputes between nations will be settled. They will no longer prepare for war but will worship the one true God.
Summary: As Christians we need to know what God says about war. Didn’t Christ come preaching peace? If so how can war be compatible with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ? Isn’t war a contradiction to the teachings of God’s Word?