The Mountain of the Lord
4 It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
For all the peoples walk
each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
The Lord Shall Rescue Zion
In that day, declares the LORD,
I will assemble the lame
and gather those who have been driven away
and those whom I have afflicted;
and the lame I will make the remnant,
and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion
from this time forth and forevermore.
And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you shall it come,
the former dominion shall come,
kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.
Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
that pain seized you like a woman in labor?
Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you shall go out from the city
and dwell in the open country;
you shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued;
there the LORD will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.
Now many nations
are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be defiled,
and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
But they do not know
the thoughts of the LORD;
they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
Arise and thresh,
O daughter of Zion,
for I will make your horn iron,
and I will make your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples;
and shall devote their gain to the LORD,
their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.
Micah 4 Commentary
by Hank Workman
There is a time we long for. A time when there will be no more tears, no more wars, peace will be a constant. We long for this and the promise found in this passage speaks of the last days where God’s plan that has been laid out, will be fulfilled.
There are so many beautiful things to consider as you read this chapter of the Lord’s coming. As one writer pens, “When God reveals the future, His purpose goes beyond satisfying our curiosity.” Great thought here for it is something that not only affects a hope beyond this life but to one of ultimate fulfillment. Yet within, Micah challenges the reader to change their current behavior based on what we know of God’s future, in order that we may be part of it.
Sometimes life gets terribly busy. We too easily get caught up in the things of the here and now and forget of the future and forever. Truly our forever begins now. On many levels, what we do now determines many things of then. Read through this beautiful chapter and recognize how God has planned tremendous things for the faithful of which He longs for us to be part of.
Micah 4 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Micah’s Messianic kingdom is nearly identical to Isaiah’s in chapter 2. It will be greater than all the earthly kingdoms with many different people from many different nations. It will grow by teaching the ways of God rather than war. They will “beat their swords into plowshares.” The kingdom will be birthed out of Jerusalem, filled with peace, and go on forever and ever.
This is an astonishing and unbelievable statement outside of faith. As long as humans have been alive they have plotted to destroy and control one another through war and conquest. In God’s kingdom, spiritual unity produces a will of peace.
“The time center of unity is not to be found in creeds or systems, but in the impulse of a common desire after God and common worship. When men have found their unity in God they will renounce war; and the home-life will become the preservative of society…”F.B Meyer
What Micah really is describing are four freedoms of life with God.
Freedom from ignorance (He will teach us His ways)David Guzik
Freedom from war (Neither shall they learn war anymore)
Freedom from want (everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree)
Freedom from fear (no one shall make them afraid)
God will provide for us and tend to every need!
“Note how everything here is done by God; you keep on reading, “I will,” “I will, “I will.” Oh, those blessed “I wills” of God! Our wills are often defeated and disappointed, but God’s “I wills” stand fast for ever.”Charles Spurgeon