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July 16, 2022: Haftarah – Micah 5:6–6:8

This week’s Haftarah portion is Micah 5:6–6:8. Listen in as Dr. Jeffrey Myers unwraps the Messianic implications embedded within the Haftarah reading.

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Lion of Judah Speaks: Haftarah Portion – Micah 5:6–6:8

The Jewish people have looked for the Messiah to deliver them from gentile oppression for centuries. They have looked for the Messiah to secure for them the land of Israel, rebuild the Temple, and bring shalom to Israel and the world. The prophets of old spoke in detail about Messiah’s life and work. Yeshua the Messiah is the only one in history whose lineage, birth, character, teaching, career, reception, rejection, death, burial, and resurrection were recorded at least 500 years before His birth. Micah is one of the prophets that has given a number of prophecies about Yeshua from birth to His Second Coming, at which time He will establish His Millennial Kingdom on the earth.

Micah prophecies about a coming siege to the city of Jerusalem, but is not clear exactly when that would occur. It seems to reveal something that will happen soon, but foreshadows something that will occur much later. The context seems to speak of the Babylonian siege against Jerusalem in 586 BC, which foreshadows a future siege against Jerusalem during the Great Tribulation.

Micah predicts the coming of a powerful king who transcends human rulers. Micah 5:2 says, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting”. This word “everlasting” means infinite or timeless in duration and refers to the Messiah’s eternality. He is before time, before the foundation of the earth, predates the creation of the universe. Yah the Son wrapped Himself in humanity and became Yah-man when He was born of the virgin Mary in Bethlehem. Yeshua will become the Ruler over Israel during the Millennium.

Think about that out of all the places in the whole world, Yah chose to send the Messiah to the tiny town of Bethlehem. We can find a powerful truth revealed in this message, which is, Yah does great things from small beginnings! So, we ask the question, how can He use us? He does it because He uses insignificant us, from insignificant places, out of insignificant families to do His very significant will. No matter where we are at or located, nothing is by accident or chance. Yah can use us where we are, He can use who we are, even if according to the world, we are a “nobody”. There is no denying that Yah does great and powerful things! But one of the messages of Micah is that we shouldn’t expect those great and powerful things to come from thrones and high places. Adonai is looking for someone who is willing to be used, willing to break entirely with the current social and political order in order to correct it! A person who will use their voice, their life, their commitment to make a difference where Yah has placed them. You don’t need to be on a mega-stage, write a number one song, be on the best sellers list to make a difference.

Micah 6:6 begins with a question, “With what shall I come before the

L-rd?” It ends with an answer in Micah 6:8, “He has told you, oh mortal, what is good… and what is good is not anything, as the question implies, that the worshipper has to offer. Instead, what Adonai requires of the worshipper—what Adonai requires of us, what Yeshua is looking for…is action! Micah 6:8, “To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your Yah.” He is telling us to scream out loud for justice, better yet, to actually work to fix the things that are wrong in this world.

Yah wants us to love as He loves, with righteousness and steadfastness; to walk carefully or wisely. It’s not what Yah wants actually, but who-- Yah wants you! He wants us to stop complaining and to act to make a difference.

The Hebrew word “halakah” means “walking”. It’s not about knowing the difference between right and wrong; it’s about living the difference in our daily lives. Yeshua came the first time and made no political changes but He called a group of people (both great and small) to follow Him. To walk the path of justice and shalom, even if the path is horrendously long and rough. Whatever we do, do it as unto Adonai. Living out our offering to Yah in a way that, little by little, bring justice to our small corners of the world.

We are suffering the “birth pains” of these last days but after the delivery there will be extreme joy! We will go through the affliction of the Great Tribulation, but will experience regeneration at the Messiah’s Second Coming, and then, Halleluyah, be regathered to enjoy Kingdom blessings!

Micah describes Adonai’s Messianic reign, in that, He will be our Shepherd, leading, protecting, and tenderly caring for His people. He will abide with us and His glory will be revealed. Our Messiah will subdue our enemies, He will be the Prince of Peace, the Source of shalom that covers the whole earth. Messiah will dominate, exert power, rule justly, and destroy all who oppose Him and His Bride.

Messiah will guarantee our security. Everything we depended on in the past for protection will be destroyed. He will be in our midst and He will defend us! Adonai will destroy the nation’s “witchcrafts”, “soothsayers”, and “carved” and “standing images”. Micah 5:12-14 promises, “Thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thine idols (Asherah poles used in sensual fertility rites).

In the haftorah, in Micah 6:5 it mentions the incident of Balak the king of Moab hiring the sorcerer Balaam to curse the Jewish people. Micah prophecies about what will occur after the war of Gog and Magog, Yah will remove the idols and sorcerers and destroy the enemies of Yah. Before Israel entered the Promised Land, Yah forbade the nation to engage in such practices. The time is now to make things right!

The prophet rebukes the Hebrew people for not observing Yah’s commandments, reminding them of the great things He has done for them. He calls on the Patriarchs and Matriarchs as witnesses. They have been given the Torah to guide them as they serve Yah in righteousness.

What did the Messiah require of His people? What does the Messiah require of us? During His Millennial reign He will require total submission to His sovereign rule. However, He is still desiring our surrender to His will and to His way today. Let’s study this haftorah and begin to change our lives that we will walk in purity for our Bridegroom, being a Bride without spot or wrinkle. How exciting it is that we are on the edge of the Messiah’s return. Messiah will rule and reign and we will live in shalom! Surrender your life to Him today… act justly, love grace and walk in purity with your Yah!

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