The first three chapters of Micah’s prophecy set forth the Lord’s Judgment upon Israel and Judah and the impending doom awaiting these nations. Chapters four and five offer comfort and hope in view of the issue of days to come when the Lord’s house will be established upon the mountain of enduring peace, a remnant will return to Zion, rescued from captivity in Babylon, a deliverer from Bethlehem will cause His righteous remnant to be a blessing in the earth, and the land will be purged of its idolatry and oppression. Chapters six and seven declare the way of salvation by means of the analogy of a great lawsuit, the Lord is the plaintiff and Israel is the defendant.
Reminding His people of their deliverance from Egypt and speaking to them of the nature of true worship, the Lord deplores their treasures of wickedness and oppression. This is followed by Israel’s confession of guilt and a prayer that the Lord will return and shepherd His flocks as of old. Prophet Micah concludes with a play upon the meaning of his own name e.g “who is like unto the Lord” He alone can pardon and show compassion to the people of His covenant.
THE OUTLINE OF THE BOOK MICAH IDENTIFICATION-CHAPTER 1:1
The reproof of Samaria and Judah-Chapter 1:2-3:12
Appearance of the Lord in Judgement-Chapter 1:2-2:13
The Lord’s Denunciation of the Rulers, false Prophets and Priests Chapter 3;1-12
THE COMFORTING HOPE OF A REDEMPTIVE FUTURE CHAPTER 43:1-5:15
The issue of days to come-Chapter 4:1-5:1
The Rise of the Deliverer from Bethlehem and the victories of His righteous remnant-Chapter 5:2-15.
THE LORD’S LAWSUIT WITH ISRAEL-CHAPTER 6:1-7:20
The Lord’s plea and indictment-Chapter 6:1-16
The Israel’s confession of guilt and her complaint before the Lord – Chapter 7:1-17
Who is like unto the Lord?The Final verdict-Chapter 7:18-20