Speaker: Jerry Cisar
Last week we finished Micah 3, and that section of Micah called The Book of Doom. I’m sure some of you are really glad to get out of The Book of Doom! Micah 4 and 5 constitute The Book of Visions. The vision painted in Micah 4:1-7 is one of the greatest visions ever given to humanity. As we explore this text this Sunday I trust you will see that the content of this vision is sufficient to bolster my claim.
The heart of this vision, Micah 4:1-4, is repeated almost exactly in Isaiah 2:2-4. Isaiah and Micah prophesied during the same time period. The vision likely originated with one of them, while the other utilized this popular vision strategically. The original audiences would have been aware of that so it wasn’t plagiarism. Can you name me another vision, another visionary promise of the future, that is repeated virtually word for word in Scripture? This is another reason to consider it a great vision.
More importantly, Micah’s vision of Jerusalem’s future is nothing short of death and resurrection. Micah 3:12 ends with nothing short of the death of Jerusalem, the capital city, and the destruction of the temple mount. However, Micah 4 describes a future beyond that death which is more glorious than Israel had ever experienced.
We will explore this glorious vision under three headings: 1) When will the vision happen? 2) What does the vision promise? And 3) What does the vision require?