Micah 4: Long-Term Vision and Present-day Plans
The Exaltation of Zion
God's dwelling on earth to be exalted in the last days
the last days
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.
This will mean many nations will flock to it
nations will come and say,
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.
God be the Judge that nations appear before to bring eventual
will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations
far and wide.
They will beat their swords into ploughshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war any more.
The Lord has decreed prosperity for His covenant people
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.
Others may follow idols, we follow God
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.
God will draw together those previously disciplined
that day,' declares the Lord,
will gather the lame;
I will assemble the exiles
and those I have brought to grief.
The Lord will eternally rule over the redeemed remnant in Jerusalem
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 for ever,
Rule will once again be given to Jerusalem
for you, watchtower of the flock,
stronghold of Daughter Zion,
the former dominion will be restored to you;
kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.'
One cannot help wondering if there is a time gap between
the previous chapter and this one, or if it is simply an encouragement
that although there is unrighteousness at present in Jerusalem
– who will be swept away to Babylon [see later] the end product
of all the Lord's activities will culminate in His dwelling place
being exalted so that all nations will come to Him for guidance,
justice & prosperity, with His people being exalted.]
The Lord's Plan for Israel's Exile & Restoration
Yet pain and anguish is your present experience
do you now cry aloud –
have you no king?
Has your ruler perished,
that pain seizes you like that of a woman
in agony, Daughter Zion,
like a woman in labour,
You will be taken to Babylon to be later redeemed
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.
But for the moment all other will be against you
now many nations
are gathered against you.
They say, ‘Let her be defiled,
let our eyes gloat over Zion!'
They do not realise all this is the Lord's plan
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.
But you Israel I will use to break them
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.
Returning from the big long-term vision to the present
day, the prophet reveals the plan of the Lord to come and deal
with Jerusalem by exiling them to Babylon and then eventually
to redeem and restore them, and will use them to deal with other
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