Summary: Micah’s message does not belong to only the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. Micah is a prophet for our times. Our age needs to hear the words of a prophet of the Lord. Let us study Micah’s superscription closely and see the qualities of a true prop
A True Prophet for Our Times
Harry Emerson Fosdick titled his autobiography The Living of These Days. He asserted that he was who he was because of specific experiences in his life coupled with his particular, inherent personality. Fosdick’s life and ministry grew out of his social, political, and religious surroundings.
We can come to understand Micah in that way too. He lived in the eight century BC. The superscription (Micah 1:1 Tell us something about his times. It follows the pattern of the other prophets’ introductory verses: (1) “the word of the Lord that came to”; (2) “in the days of”; (3) “concerning.”
Micah’s message does not belong to only the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. Micah is a prophet for our times. Our age needs to hear the words of a prophet of the Lord. Let us study Micah’s superscription closely and see the qualities of a true prophet of the Lord.
I. A true prophet has a unique concept of God’s Word.
Notice two expressions in Micah’s superscription: “The word of the Lord which came to Micah” and “which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.” These expressions describe the prophet’s unique concept of God’s Word.
a. The true prophet speaks the word of the Lord.
i. The Hebrews had a high concept o God’s spokesperson.
ii. Micah did not relate any of his experiences of faith, but he did indicate that God’s hand was heavy on him when he spoke: “thus saith the Lord.”
iii. Micah’s message originated from the Lord.
1. How does this apply to preachers today?
2. When preachers remain true to the Bible, they speak the Word of the Lord, not opinion.
b. The true prophet has an inward perception through the influence of God’s Spirit: “which he saw.”
i. Micah’s words were not his personal opinions.
ii. He disclosed what the Lord showed him.
1. No prophet arrives at inward perception without intimate fellowship with God.
2. When a person lives close to the Lord, he or she begins to see what God wants.
II. A true prophet has great respect for the Lord
Micah’s great respect for God may be seen in the superscription and through out the book as well.
a. A true prophet respects the holy character of God.
i. Micah respected the majestic nature of God
ii. He used the name Elohim to describe the power of God.
iii. He used the name Yahweh to describe the transcendental God.
1. No true prophet makes God a “buddy.”
2. Micah helps us to see the otherness of God.
3. The proper response to a holy God is reverence and awe.
b. A true prophet respects the judgment of God.
i. Micah did not view God as a raging tyrant, but neither did he see him as an easy going grandfather.
ii. He knew that God was a God of righteous judgment.
1. Being conscious of God’s judgment gives one a profound respect for the Lord and his laws.
III. A true prophet has the ability to be himself as he is used by God.
The superscription has some pertinent facts about the personal life of the prophet. From the first verse we learn his name, his hometown, the times in which he lived and his work.