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34 Micah (6)

Under the invitation of the Lord

Micah 4:6-8
T Peter 5:6-11
T Hope of Messiah presence

 Micah was going to stare at hope of the Lord strictly while impeaching a crime of leaders of south kingdom particularly. The message of hope is compiled in Chapter 4. Time order is reversed; but we have watched the nearest event last time according to Micah from Verse 4:9-5:1 (it is a thing after approximately 100 years); but it is the decision of Babylon captivity and the salvation. It was his central message that "The Lord will do it.".

 And I sail it up a little this morning, but, it is from Verse 4:6-8. There is it with "in that day", but I want to try to think about this "day". There is it in Verse 8; "To you (Zion) it will come- even the former dominion will come, the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.", and this seems to mean the return from Babylon captivity; though I touched it about then prophets before, but there seems that all hope is mixed, however, although Micah considerably arranges it, such a confusion does not seem to have been unrelated to Micah either. Rather, in him, basic hope of God would be piled up in an event of near future.

 The central subject of Micah is here, "I will assemble the lame, and gather the outcasts, even those whom I have afflicted. I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcasts a strong nation," (6-7); but that scene agrees with the events of which large number of sick people, poor people, a disabled person and weak people having gathered to Jesus (Matthew 15:29-31). John the Baptist sent a disciple from all over the prison of Machaerus and has asked Jesus. "'Are You the Expected One?' And Jesus answered and said to them, 'Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and deaf hear and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.'" (Matthew Chapter 11) It was the figure of Jesus who came as the Messiah. Micah would be going to draw such Messiah on here. "In that day" is the day of Messiah presence.


U God accepts us as His own people

 I want to take up the figure of Messiah (Christ) whom Micah quoted, a little more, but firstly the Messiah is to be the One who gathers "the lamb and the outcasts, and those whom I have afflicted". There is it with "the lame", but this will be one model when we say the weak. Would there be many such people in Israel? No, rather, you had better think that it symbolize people who were not recognized as social members of Israel, because they bore physical handy. And there, it became a big element recognized socially that "the body had not any wound". To become King, the body must not have a wound and the sacrifice with a wound was not good offering to the Lord, too. There is even the trace that a leprosy patient was removed by their religion society (synagogue / after Captivity), and perhaps it may be thought that the blind person and the lame were similar. When they were alienated by society of people of selection of God such as Israel, how much they have wanted to be the member of it! We must think that they encountered despair alienated by God than Japanese social ostracism. "The outcasts" will be similar with weak people. And the consciousness of Micah is condensed by way speaking of "those whom I have afflicted", still more. God is taken out into there and it says that God tormented them. The priests and elders did a selfish guess on a shield which says "God would not accept people with a wound in your body", and alienated these people from Israel society. We may say "the present age is different under a shield of the welfare", but will it be so? The things that the Messiah took up the lame at first, and said "I will assemble the lame"; it must be thought about in such a background. Therefore Micah would raise them as a representative of weak people, with this word, "I will make the lame a remnant," (7), once again.

 There is it with "the outcasts" (6). Micah wanted to declare all Israel were people of the Lord, even though they were weak and considered to be Babylon captivity. His sorrow seems to be put here. We who became a captive of a crime in the present age will be included in there. This is the message of hope of Micah, and this is also the message said the Lord will gather the weak as His own people on that day. The Lord Jesus who was hung on a cross stood as hope. We want to remember, that Jesus who was hung on a cross stands as hope, and a crowd of the Lord / a church is standing raising that hope in the present age.


V Under the invitation of the Lord

 There is another Messiah image which Micah draws. There is it, "I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcasts a strong nation, and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on and forever." (7); but I want to pay attention to person of "the remnant" seen in here. There was this consciousness from old days of Abraham, but in particular, it is a leitmotif of the prophets who swelled after Isaiah. These things that they put power and told till now; these were to uncover an Israeli crime and to impeach it strictly. Terrible anger of God was told to there, and Israel went to collapse. It will be clear from a message of Micah who looked till now. They Israeli deeply attached to greed / reason of oneself somehow or other; and the severe judgment of God was going to be carried out to Israel which is not going to repent of the crime that prophets warned. The Northern Kingdom already yielded to military power of Assyria empire and lost a country. Micah watched that progress and warned it keenly while worrying, but it was already late, and south kingdom began to trace a course of ruin in Babylon captivity at that time. Perhaps, when Micah told this, Jerusalem was surrounded by the Assyria armed forces and would suffer. And Micah may have heard hope that the Lord gathers remaining people while assuming pains of Jerusalem His pains, I think.

 It was a day of salvation of God. Even if it was felt that there were not so many remaining people, however, they were remaining people that God intervened. The reason why he could say that "I will make them a strong nation." here; it will be a remaining people is a citizen of God. After a Jew has been infringed in A.D.70 years by an armed forces of Rome, they became people of world roam during 2000; and in the background that they could repeat hardship during 2000 years, it is felt a message of prophets of which God is behind them was incised to them. When we watch Jews, their name, among people called a style world's most in various fields, it reaches us that the determination of God, "I will make them a strong nation.", is never a tall tale.

 I want to try to think about a Japanese church of the present age, but Christian population is called 1% in a long time, and perhaps it will do not reach the half if we count only people standing for Bible faith. It seems to apply to a Christian of the present age with "a slightly remaining person". However, when we hear a promise, "The Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on and forever." (7), it is not necessary for us to be disappointed. In addition, even if no matter how our faith is small, the One who made this world and space is hearing our prayer and says "I will assemble them.". "After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." (1 Peter 5:10)