The prophet Micah came from south-west Judah and prophesied
to the Southern Kingdom. He was alive at the same time as
Isaiah, Hosea and Amos, who were also prophets of God.
Micah spoke out against the cruelty of the rulers and priests
in both Israel and Judah. He spoke of the fall of Samaria
and of the Assyrian invasions. He mentions several villages
in his own locality which would also suffer.
Jerusalem, too, was to suffer later and the people would
be taken to Babylon. Eventually Zion would be ploughed up
and Jerusalem would become a ruined city.
Summary of the prophecy:
Chapters 1-3 ...... Judgements on Samaria, Judah and
Chapters 4-5 ...... The ultimate restoration of Israel.
The birth of the MESSIAH, and the future Kingdom of God to
be centred in Jerusalem.
Chapters 6-7 ...... God's desire for justice, kindness
and humility, rather than sacrifices. His faithfulness and