Micah 4 has the prophet giving us a glimpse of the future, in the latter days. He talks of the ultimate establishment of Jerusalem, where God will rebuild and draw His people, restored and redeemed, back there. Isaiah has a similar word on this in Isaiah 2:1-3. It doesn’t matter what people have done through their bad choices and ultimate sinning, God has a plan to restore and bring all His people back. “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”.
The purpose of getting back to God’s presence is to learn how to live. God’s given us His Word to guide us until this day, but when it comes, we’ll be able to sit at His feet and hear His truth directly. Our object as a Christ follower should be to “walk in His path”. And the Bible is our roadmap to doing exactly that. God’s going to also take away the need for swords and spears – world peace will come as Christ becomes the new ruler on this planet. “He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide 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”.
Can you envision this day – a day when God has taken control and put Christ on the throne and turned the world as we know it upside down. Guzik points out four freedoms that Micah proclaims are coming:
- Freedom from ignorance (He will teach us His ways)
- 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)
We will all be free, and safe, because the Messiah will be on the throne and over all. “We will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever”. How cool is that picture?
But Micah shares the pain that has to happen before that day comes. “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”. Before God can save His people, they have to be captured and taken away. He can’t redeem them until they are captured. And the world will be against God’s people (which we see every day) and will be set on their destruction. But God is faithful. He will do as He has purposed. Others will never understand His plan, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. “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”. God’s going to come again. He has a plan that He will execute to bring His own to Himself. Look forward to that day!