1:6, 9; 3:12; 5:2. We should imitate Jehovah God and be kind and compassionate even to those who are hard to get along with or are spiritually weak. Deliberately scheduling other activities in order to avoid having a full share in the Kingdom-preaching and disciple-making work is an indication of a wrong motive. The purpose of the book of Micah was to proclaim warning and judgment to both the Northern and the Southern Kingdoms. (2 Kings 18:13) Jerusalem was set ablaze by the Babylonians in 607 B.C.E. 4:11. As foretold, the nation of Edom, with a government and people in a specific region of the earth, became extinct. I will pour her stones, into the valley and will lay bare her foundations”. Much of Micah’s indictment against Israel and Judah involves these nations’ injustice toward the lowly—unjust business dealings, robbery, mistreatment of women and children, and a government that lived in luxury off the hard work of its nation’s people. The prophet reveals nothing about himself except his name in the book that he composed in 607 B.C.E. 1:17; 2:10; 4:6. Key personalities are all the people of Samaria and Jerusalem. 7:7. During this period, while Israel was imploding from the effects of evil and unfaithful leadership, Judah seemed on a roller-coaster ride—ascending to the heights of its destiny in one generation, only to fall into the doldrums in another. 3:8. Sorry, there was an error loading the video. Jonah’s three days and nights in a big fish prophetically point to Jesus’ death and resurrection.—Matthew 12:39, 40; 16:21. Instead, we do it out of habit. vs 3, 4. God’s people stand trial before their Creator for turning away from Him and from others (6:1–7:20). Jehovah’s mercy is not limited to one nation or race or to a special group of people. Highlights From the Books of Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. Samaria shall become “a heap of ruins of the field.” Because of their idolatrous course, Israel and Judah deserve “baldness,” or shame. • Chapters 1-5 specifically explain the judgment for the wicked nations, “For I will make Samaria a heap of ruins in the open country, planting places for a vineyard. Then chapter five Micah miraculously predicts the birthplace of the Messiah in Bethlehem. Its first fulfillment was in 537 B.C.E. 3:1-3, 5. If the latter was the case, his words would have aroused even greater curiosity about his message. Jehovah renders judgment and sets matters straight respecting them in a spiritual way. Micah stated in his introduction to the book that he prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in Judah, failing to mention the simultaneous string of dishonorable kings that closed out the northern kingdom of Israel. “Jehovah is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works.”—Psalm 145:9. Because they lived in a rugged region of high mountains and deep ravines that offered excellent strategic advantages, the Edomites may presumptuously have deceived themselves into feeling safe and secure. Obadiah’s prophecy states: “In Mount Zion is where those escaping will prove to be, and it must become something holy.”—Obadiah 17. vs 5-8—What is significant about the comparison of Edom’s destruction to the coming of despoilers by night and of grape gatherers? His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity”. (2 Chronicles 36:19) As prophesied, the Messiah was born in “Bethlehem Ephrathah.” (Matthew 2:3-6) Jehovah’s prophetic word never fails. vs 17-20. Instead of obeying God’s command to “go to Nineveh the great city, and proclaim against her” a judgment message, Jonah flees in the opposite direction. 2:12—When was the prophecy about ‘collecting the remaining ones of Israel’ fulfilled? when a Jewish remnant returned to their homeland from Babylonian exile. All that Jehovah asks of his worshippers is that they ‘exercise justice, love kindness, and be modest’ in walking with their God. • In chapters 6-7, Micah declares what God requires of men, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”, (6:8). Had harvesters come into her, they would have left behind some of the crop for gleaning. He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love” (7:18). Continue ‘Walking in the Name of Jehovah’. 5:7, 8. Jehovah promises: “I shall positively gather Jacob.” (Micah 1:6, 16; 2:12) On account of the corrupt leaders and the delinquent prophets, Jerusalem too “will become mere heaps of ruins.” But Jehovah will “collect [his people] together.” Out of “Bethlehem Ephrathah” will come “the one who is to become ruler in Israel.”—Micah 3:12; 4:12; 5:2. No. Most of us don’t decide daily to cut people down or find ways to carry out injustice. The book of Micah is a Prophetic Oracle. When Edom falls, though, her treasures will be thoroughly searched out and she will be completely plundered by “the very men in covenant with [her]”—her allies, the Babylonians.—Jeremiah 49:9, 10. vs 10—How was Edom “cut off to time indefinite”? Because the Ninevites “had turned back from their bad way.” Similarly today, God’s adverse judgment can be averted if a sinner manifests genuine repentance. Surrounding Micah’s prophecy of Jesus’s birth is one of the most lucid pictures of the world’s future under the reign of the Prince of Peace (5:5). The expressions “many peoples” and “mighty nations” do not refer to national groups or political entities. Chuck has a way of saying it the way it is! Jehovah is patiently having the Kingdom message preached earth wide because—as he did for the 120,000 men in Nineveh—he feels sorry for those “who do not at all know the difference between their right hand and their left.” Should we not feel sorry for the people in our territory and have a zealous share in the Kingdom-preaching and disciple-making work?—2 Peter 3:9.