“I will surely gather all of you, Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the LORD at their head.” Micah 2:12-13
Our reading in the Daily Bible in Chronological Order takes us to a contemporary or Isaiah, Micah the prophet. Micah like Isaiah ministers to the southern tribes, to Judah. His message is often similar to Isaiah’s, as well as the prophets to the northern tribes, Israel: God does not appreciate empty worship from those whose lives are morally and ethically bankrupt. Micah’s prophecies include judgments against Israel and Judah, including the fall of Jerusalem, the destruction of Solomon’s temple, and the exile/captivity in Babylon. But Micah also prophecies about the return from captivity and the birth of the Messiah in the city of Bethlehem.