Through-the-Bible Thursday: Micah

The book of Micah, written more than seven centuries before Christ, is a study in contrasts. In a culture, then as now, where moral rottenness went right to the bones, Micah calls people to “do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” He bravely confronted the prophets, priests, and kings of his day, saying, “Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money.” Is there any hope? Yes! God will intervene, sending the perfect King to Bethlehem, the Eternal One, the true Shepherd of Israel. And when He arrived, Israel’s leaders—still corrupt and covetous—knew enough to quote the book of Micah to the wise men, and unwittingly acknowledged exactly where He had been born!