Micah 4:1 (NIV) 1 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.
On verse 1: In verses 1-8 Micah is describing what will happen “in the last days” (v1), meaning the time when Jesus Christ returns to establish His kingdom. Here in verse 1 Micah prophesies about the day that “the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains…raised above the hills, and people will stream to it.” (v1) In other words, Micah is prophesying of the day when the worship of the Lord takes first place and centre stage in people’s hearts.
What can we learn from this? Right now you may be facing a mountain in your life, or maybe even multiple mountains, but no matter what always give first place and centre stage to the Lord. Let your worship of God and your intimacy with Him always be your number priority. For when you fix your eyes on Jesus, when you remember that His greatness no one can match, then you can say to whatever other mountain you may be facing, “You’re not so big after all. For my God is greater.”
Micah 4:2-5 (NIV) 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house 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. 3 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. 4 Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. 5 All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
On verses 2-5: Many years ago when I was visiting my girlfriend Sharleen in New York, I went to the United Nations Building in New York. There on the wall is inscribed the second part of verse 3: “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.” (v3b) Notice that they left out the first part, which, as Pastor Jon Courson mentions, is the key to the entire verse: “He will judge between many peoples and settle disputes for strong nations far and wide” (v3a). In other words, it is only when people submit to the Lord and let Him settle disputes among them that there will truly be peace. Peace without Jesus is only superficial and short-lived.Peace with and through Jesus is deep and lasting.
Also, in verses 1 to 5 Micah writes about what the kingdom of God will look like on earth one day. Imagine:
A place that is ALIVE, where people from every nation want to go and worship the Lord at His temple (v1-2a)
A place that is OUTLOUD, where people lead others to go along with them to worship the Lord (“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob” – v2a)
A place that is EXPECTANT, where the Lord is present and the word of the Lord goes forth to teach people His ways so that we may grow more like Him (“He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths”) (v2b)
A place that is UNITED, where people are not divided and fighting each other, but where people are united and loving one another (v3)
A place where each person is a LEADER, secure and free from fear (v4)
A place that is INVOLVED, where God’s people walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and serve Him (v5)
Praise God! When we seek to be an AEIOU church of leaders (alive, expectant, involved, out loud, united), we’re running in the direction of what God’s kingdom was always meant to be like.
Micah 4:6-13 (NIV) 6 “In that day,” declares the LORD, “I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. 7 I will make the lame a remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever. 8 As for you, O watchtower of the flock, O stronghold of the Daughter of Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem.” 9 Why do you now cry aloud– have you no king? Has your counselor perished, that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor? 10 Writhe in agony, O Daughter of 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, he who gathers them like sheaves to the threshing floor. 13 “Rise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hoofs 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.
On verses 6-13: Though for a time Israel will be exiled to Babylon, the Lord promises to rescue and restore Israel (v10). Similarly, though the church will go through a time of great difficulty and persecution, the church will rise up victorious in the end by God’s power. It reminds me of 1 Peter 5:10 where Peter writes, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Praise God! Though God disciplines us, He will also restore us, such that after we have a suffered a little while, by His grace we will rise up stronger than ever before.
Lord Jesus, thank You that You are coming soon and that when You establish Your kingdom we’ll get to see the church alive, expectant, involved, out loud and united like never before. While we wait for You, may we live for You and walk in Your name in all that we do. Thank You for being not just our discipliner but our great Restorer as well. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!