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Post by Metatron777 on Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:24 am

Hello,

I do not mean to be rude and not introduce myself prior to posting this first, but I just woke up from a dream (that I believe God gave me) and I need help trying to understand its meaning. I am not well versed in the Bible so please bear with me here....

Ok, in my dream the location is difficult to understand. I feel like I am in a large church and up on a large theater stage/pulpit area. However, I got the feeling this area was more then a simple stage and/or pulpit. I felt like it might have been in a Jewish temple or some sort of throne. It has side curtains that are red or purple and the floor is high gloss oak flooring with a circular inlay with symbols and hebrew lettering. I was on my hands and knees playing the part of a ferocious Lion and trying to attack everything and everyone but I was on a collar and leash. There was a person (like a Pastor) telling everyone what I was doing along with other people who were playing parts of different animals. I remember there were three animals a Lion and a Bear but I can not remember the 3rd animal. This person was explaining to people in the audience that I was a ferocious Lion who was trying to attack everything but I could not do so (yet). While I was playing the part of this Lion I was speaking (specifically mumbling) a language I did not understand but in my mind I was constantly praising God non-stop. As soon as I woke up from this dream the name "Micah" popped into my head. I know Micah is one of the Books in the Bible go I got online and searched for Lion and Micah and this is what I found...

Micah 5:8

And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver...

I have no doubt this was from God but what does this mean????

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Re: Can someone please help me? I do not know what this means...

Post by Dove-Solutions on Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:10 am

Metatron777,


Here are some facts about who Micah was.
∑ He was the 6th in order of the minor *prophets. He was one of 12 minor *prophets. ĎMinorí means that these *prophets wrote shorter *prophecies than the 4 greater *prophets. The greater ones were Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.
∑ Micah is called the Morasthite. This word means that he was an inhabitant of Moresheth Gath, a small village. It was about 22 miles south-west from Jerusalem.
∑ He was a *prophet when Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. They were kings from 756 to 697 *BC.

Micahís name:

Micahís name means ĎWho is like Yahweh (God)?í Yahweh is a *Hebrew name for God. And the answer to this question is that nobody is like God. Nobody is as wonderful as God is. Micahís parents gave him that name. The name describes Godís wonderful character. In the end, God forgave his people. The end of Micahís book describes this. The people sang a song to praise God (Micah 7:18). In *Hebrew, the song starts with the words ĎWho is like God?í God is wonderful. There is nobody else like him. He is the God who has forgiven his guilty people. So Micah uses a form of his own name here. His name describes Godís goodness. God pities his people. He is kind to them. He forgives their *sins.
About the nations called *Israel and Judah.

In the year 975 *BC, King Solomonís nation, *Israel, became divided. The nation had not obeyed God or his laws. But God did not destroy the nation. A long time before that he had given them a promise. He had promised to send someone who would save *Israel. This person would come by means of Abrahamís family. After Abraham, the plan would continue. It would continue by means of his *descendant David. Then it would continue by means of Davidís *descendants. Godís plan would succeed. He would bring Jesus the *Messiah into the world. He would save the world from *sin.

There was a war between Solomon son, Rehoboam, and a servant of Solomon called Jeroboam. Solomon had blessed Rehoboam. He appointed Rehoboam to be the new king. But Jeroboam had more power with the army chiefs. In the end, Rehoboam ruled only the southern part of the nation. He called it Judah. Jeroboam formed his government in the northern part. He kept the name *Israel for that part. Each man had declared himself to be the king that God had chosen.

At first, only Judahís family followed Rehoboam, the king of Judah. Then the larger part of Benjaminís family followed him too.

What happened in Judah and in *Israel, the divided nation?

After Rehoboamís death, the disagreement continued. The northern 10 families called themselves *Israel. The southern families called themselves Judah. The modern word Ď*Jewí comes from that name. Judah remained loyal to the *covenant. Kings from Davidís family continued to rule in Jerusalem, Judahís capital.
In the northern nation (*Israel), there were several dynasties (groups of kings from the same family). This happened because the people did not obey the *covenant. In various different periods, *Israelís kings had different cities as capitals. The last capital was Samaria. The kings of *Israel became powerful rulers. They controlled the people by means of changes to their religion. They changed the ways in which people prayed. They chose new *priests. They built two new *temples. One was at Dan (on the northern border of *Israel). The other was at Bethel (on *Israelís border with Judah). There were many wars between *Israel and Judah.
Micah especially mentions three kings who ruled over the southern nation, Judah. They ruled in Jerusalem. But he does not mention the kings that ruled the northern nation in the same period. These kings ruled in *Israelís capital, called Samaria. Micah would not have respected the northern nation. Neither would other *prophets such as Isaiah and Hosea. The reason was that, in the northern nation, the people themselves had appointed their kings. God had not chosen these kings. That is how the *prophets might have seen the situation. Micah, however, uses the name *Israel for both nations.

The *prophets:

God sent many *prophets to Judah and *Israel. Some *prophets were *priests. Other *prophets were farmers. Some *prophets were rich and they advised the kings. Other *prophets lived much more simply. Some *prophets wrote down the things that they taught (their prophecies). Many other *prophets did not do that. But all the *prophets taught the people. They taught about right judgements in the courts. They taught about how people should be fair to other people. They taught that people need to trust God for help.
Many *prophets warned that the people would suffer defeat. Their enemies would take them away to different places abroad. That would happen if they did not start to obey God again. Some *prophets had dreams from God about future success. They also dreamed about future punishments. They understood Godís plans for their nation. They looked forward into the future. They looked forward to the time when a new king would come. He would rule the nation. Some *prophets saw that this king would come from Davidís family. The new king would lead Godís people. He would lead them into a wonderful new age. Some *prophets described how this king would then rule always. Other *prophets saw that he would also be a servant. He would suffer many things. The things that this king suffered would cause his people to come back to God. But all the *prophets saw that this king would be the *Messiah. He would be the man that God had chosen. The *Messiah would bring his people into the new age. *Israelís and Judahís enemies would destroy those two nations.

Some very important events happened during Micahís life.

God had warned *Israelís people about things that might happen in the future. But they had not listened to him. So in 722 or 721 *BC, an army came from a nation called Assyria. That army fought against the people in *Israelís capital, Samaria. The *Assyrians defeated the people in that city. They took the people from their homes. They took *Israelís people away to various places all over the country called Assyria. Their relatives in Judah could not have communication with them any longer. The *Assyrians then brought foreigners to live in *Israel. *Israelís *priests taught these people. The *priests taught them about the religion that Judahís and *Israelís people had followed. Therefore many foreigners tried to obey the *covenant. These people were called the Samaritans (2 Kings chapter 17).

Then the *Assyrians tried to control Judah. They defeated the people in much of that country. But God saved Jerusalem. The people there defeated the king of Assyria. He returned to his home, where two of his sons killed him. God had saved Judah (2 Kings chapter 19).

Judah continued to exist for over 100 years after the defeat of *Israel. But in the end the army from Babylon defeated Judahís people. The army led them away from Judah. So the people from Judah also became foreigners in another country.

Samaria:

This city is 30 miles north from Jerusalem. It is on a hill that has steep sides. The hill also has a long flat top, which was difficult to reach then. King Omri chose that hill as the place where he intended to build a city. The city would be the capital of the nation called *Israel. Omri bought the hill from a man called Shemer. Omri paid two pieces of silver for it. He built a city on the hill. He named the city Samaria. That name came from the name of the previous owner, Shemer (1 Kings 16:23, 24). This happened in 925 *BC. The hill was called the hill of Samaria. The city called Samaria became the capital for the 10 northern families. And people also gave the same name to that northern nation.

The structure of Micahís book

The book consists of *prophecy. We can divide it into 3 sections:
Section 1 chapters 1-2
Section 2 chapters 3-5
Section 3 chapters 6-7.

Each section begins with the command Ďhearí or Ďlistení. It starts with blame. It starts with things about which Micah warned. Each section then continues from judgement to hope. And it ends with a promise.
The first section has a magnificent start. It describes Godís punishment. God declares that he will punish *Israel and Judah because of their *sins. He will punish them because they *worship idols (verses 2-4). (An idol is something that people *worship instead of the one real God. It may be the sun, the moon, or any object or animal.) Then Micah describes how God will punish Samaria (verses 5-9). Its people will be slaves in another country (Micah 2:10). But immediately afterwards there is a promise about success and about a wonderful return (Micah 2:12-13).

The second section is especially for the rulers and leaders of the people. Their *sins are these: They have evil desire and they steal from other people. God blames them with strong words. First he *curses the people. Then he *blesses them. Then there is a promise that one day they will return to their country.
The last section is in chapters 6 and 7. God calls his people to a meeting with him. He argues with them. He speaks to them about urgent matters. His actions are right for his people. He has good reasons for his actions. His reasons are right and proper.

The book ends with a grand song that expresses happiness. God will rescue his people. A long time ago, God brought his people out of Egypt. It will be like that again. Everyone will agree with God. They will know that he is a kind God. He is a loyal God. He has done what he promised to do (Micah 7:16-20). The last verse is similar to what Zacharias the *priest later sang (Luke 1:72-73). Micahís *prophecies are distinct and clear. He says that the Ruler (the *Messiah) will come. The Ruler will come from the town called Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). Micah writes like Hosea and Isaiah. The words that he writes are strong and firm.
The messages in this book were especially for Samaria. This was the capital of *Israel. The messages were also for Jerusalem. This was the capital of Judah. God chose rulers to lead their nations. God intended that the rulers should *worship him. And they should obey him. Instead they led their people badly. They taught their people to *worship other gods. This was true about both nations. The rulers also cheated people. They robbed the poor people. God therefore had to punish *Israel and Judah.

However, God promised that things would change. The people in *Israel and in Judah would start to *worship him again. His people would live in safety and peace (Micah 4:3-4).

Sections in the Book of Micah

1:1-2
Brief description of the book
Section 1
1:3-2:13
Punishment and Rescue

1:2-16
God will punish the people in Samaria and Judah

2:1-11
Evil leaders and false *prophets will suffer

2:12-13
God will bring a *remnant back to Zion (another name for Jerusalem)
Section 2
3:1-5:15
Micah accuses false leaders. He promises that a good, fair King will come

3:1-12
The false leaders of old Jerusalem will fail and that city will fall

4:1-8
New Jerusalem will have a high position over the nations

4:9-13
Zionís (Jerusalemís) people will suffer pains that will lead to the beginning of a new age

5:1-6
The *Messiahís birth and his future greatness

5:7-9
The *remnant will rule the nations

5:10-15
God will protect his new *spiritually clean nation
Section 3
6:1-7:20
Third series of *prophecies. God will forgive the *remnant of his people

6:1-8
Micah accuses *Israelís people because they have not obeyed the *covenant

6:9-16
The *curses in the *covenant will all become true for Jerusalemís people

7:1-7
Jerusalemís social structures will break apart

7:8-20
The Song about Success

I hope this is of some help to understand who Micah was and his function as a prophet. God bless.

Love in Jesus,

Connie


~Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Himand He will direct your path.~ Proverbs 3:5-6

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