- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Micah 7
Israel’s misery to hope.
Following the pattern of the books of Prophets, which begins with oracle of judgment, calling to repentance, and concludes with the message of hope, prophet Micah expresses the misery of Israel, calls for repentance and prophesize God’s forgiveness.
Misery were corrupted people of Israel, not only the prince and the judge, but the best and most upright of people in Jerusalem. And the godly man’s enemies were his neighbors and the mend of his own house. There was no basis for mutual confidence. Jesus quoted it in Matthew 10:34-36.
Micah’s prophetic imagination begins with the wrath of God who judge the people and nation out of God’s justice and righteousness. But it concludes with the God who restores his people and nation out of his mercy, which is the image of God that Micah draws in this book.
God will show his steadfast love to Israel, and shame will cover Israel’s enemies. They will be dumb, deaf, and humbled. His prophetic imagination concludes with doxology. Israel praises God for his forgiveness and faithfulness.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?