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July 20 – Micah 4

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Micah prophesied to God’s people in Judah. He called them to repent and to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Micah 4

The Mountain of the Lord

In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and peoples will stream to it.
Many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between many peoples
    and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine
    and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
    for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
All the nations may walk
    in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord
    our God for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Plan

“In that day,” declares the Lord,
“I will gather the lame;
    I will assemble the exiles
    and those I have brought to grief.
I will make the lame my remnant,
    those driven away a strong nation.
The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion
    from that day and forever.
As for you, watchtower of the flock,
    stronghold of Daughter Zion,
the former dominion will be restored to you;
    kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”
Why do you now cry aloud—
    have you no king?
Has your ruler perished,
    that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,
    like a woman in labor,
for now you must leave the city
    to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
    there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you
    out of the hand of your enemies.
11 But now many nations
    are gathered against you.
They say, “Let her be defiled,
    let our eyes gloat over Zion!”
12 But they do not know
    the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
    that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 “Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion,
    for I will give you horns of iron;
I will give you hooves of bronze,
    and you will break to pieces many nations.”
You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord,
    their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

SOAP Note

Vision of Peace | Kathy Page

Scripture

Micah 4:1-5

Observation

Many people today speak peace, but they are usually referring to an absence of war.  God’s peace is far more than that.  Micah made several statements about God’s peace in these verses: (1) True peace happens only when people focus their attention on the true worship of God and have a genuine desire to live lives that are obedient to Him (vv1-2);  (2) When we live under His rule, He will iron out differences between people and remove all reasons for war (v3); (3) Even individuals will experience the effects of peace; people will no longer love money.  They will not need arms for war any longer.  There will be enough fruit trees for every person.  Each person will sit under his own fruit tree.  People will be content with what they have.  There will be no more war. Nations will trust each other.

Application

What a wonderful world this will be!  But, will this really happen?  Do we believe that one day this will really be the way we live?  Micah was confident.  Why?  He gives us the reason why – the LORD who has all power has said these things.  The LORD has spoken these things from His mouth.  The ALMIGHTY GOD gave this promise.  This will happen only when God is King over all.  Micah believed this God-given vision of peace. God’s Word is Truth.  This is what the world will be like one day.  Hard to believe when we see things now.  But, it is coming, this vision of peace is coming!  Let us remain confident.  Let us continue to look to God, not to the world, not to other people, not to wealth and power but to God and His promise of perfect peace yet to come!

Prayer

Father, keep us ever looking to You, the Promise Keeper for our hope and our good.  We long for this day when there will be perfect peace, when You reign over Your perfect Kingdom.  Keep us aware to not lose sight that all is according to Your timing when Your promises are fulfilled.  We look to You and You only for our hope now and in our future.  In Jesus’ Name.

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