This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll continue looking at the Minor Prophets.
What Is Micah? The book of Micah contains God’s judgment against the nation of Judah. It also includes prophecies about the fall of Samaria, the Babylonian captivity, the eventual return from exile, and the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.
How Micah Fits Into the Story: The book of Micah demonstrates that God is holy and just, and that He demands holiness and justice from all people. Micah’s audience had grown content in going through religious motions without genuine devotion, but he preached that true religion comes from a heart tuned to God, resulting in godly living. Those who refuse to repent will face God’s judgment, but the faithful will find His salvation and be led by the true King.
1. Why is it tempting to pursue external displays of obedience over internal heart change? Why do you think Israel continually gave in to this temptation?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.