This morning, November 17th 2019, at 11 a.m, I am scheduled to give a message on this passage at a small Brethren assembly in Central Florida. I have decided to share my notes here on BU, entitled CHRIST IN MICAH Part 1-MESSIANIC PROPHESIES IN MICAH as THE SWEET SUNDAY SERMON for this week.
Today we seek to examine Micah 1:1–2:12&13, and explore and apply the truths therein to those of us in the Church Age, as we anticipate our eventual entry into the Millennium along with the Jewish remnant mentioned in the passage according to the interpretation of these verses by the law of second mention.
This first Messianic prophecy in Micah as recorded in Micah 2:12,13 begins as a pastoral scene, but the pastoral imagery in verse 12, gives way to a military one in verse 13, in this obscure, but very powerful prophesy that basically presents one of the major themes of prophesy- that of Judgement followed by deliverance.
Micah predicted that the nation was going to be destroyed, and the people scattered, as God punished His people with exile, God would also gather them together again, and set up a new king to lead His people back, by breaking through their bondage. Through trouble and hardship, God’s people would see a better day. A remnant would be saved. We are convinced from our knowledge of the prophetic scriptures that the present unbelief, spiritual blindness and rejection of Israel is only temporary. According to Romans 11:25-26, the time is coming when the Jews will be so moved by the blessing that has come to the Gentiles, that they will be moved to seek that same blessing for themselves.
In God’s own time and way, there will be a widespread turning of the Jews to Christ as their Messiah and Saviour in the end time, for God is not finished with the Jew.
We are convinced from our knowledge of the prophetic scriptures that the present unbelief, spiritual blindness and rejection of Israel is only temporary. According to Romans 11:25-26, the time is coming when the Jews will be so moved by the blessing that has come to the Gentiles, that they will be moved to seek that same blessing for themselves.
In God’s own time and way, there will be a widespread turning of the Jews to Christ as their Messiah and Saviour in the end time. We, like Paul in Romans 11:25-26, are anticipating the return of Jesus Christ and the setting up of His throne in Jerusalem. At this time, the Jews will widely accept the Lord. Then, by their acceptance, greater blessing will come to Gentiles, and there will also be glorious possibilities for Israel.
The hardening of Israel will eventually pass away and there will be full restoration for Israel. Luke 21:Verse 26- 27 points out that in a future day, Israel’s eyes will be open to the Person of Jesus and all Israel will be saved as predicted in Isaiah 59:20, where it is written that “There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” This is because the Lord’s covenant with Israel will be fulfilled as He takes away their sin. God will keep every promise or covenant He has made to Israel! Not one of them shall fail.Then the people of Israel will no longer be characterized by a rejection of Jesus. God wants us to know that He hasn’t forgotten Israel, but He is now filling His house with those who will come to Him during this age of grace. Romans 11: 29 teaches that the people of Israel continue to be “beloved” from the point of view of God because the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
God will not go back on His Word. His promise is indestructible and unchangeable. God’s election to mercy is irrevocable. Since they were called by the Lord, that calling will be fulfilled and Israel will come to salvation through Jesus Christ. When Jesus comes, it will be a great day for the Jew because He will redeem them and receive them unto Himself, as predicted in Isa. 25:8-9; 43:25; 51:3; 55:12, and fulfill His plans on their behalf.