Micah, a country boy, prophesied especially against the capital cities of the Northern and Southern kingdoms. He recognized the complicity between political and religious leaders who created a system that manipulated and oppressed the poor through real estate and banking. Despite the gross injustices, Micah had hope; he prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem and lift up the remnant to restore His people after the nation was destroyed.

Key word    JUSTICE
Key verse    "He shall stand firm and shepherd His flock by the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord, His God; and they shall remain, for now His greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; He shall be Peace." —5:3-4
Command verse    "You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: only to do right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." —6:8
Promise verse    "But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for Me One Who is to be Ruler of Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times." —5:1
Difficult verse    "For the son dishonors his father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother- in-law, and a man's enemies are those of his household." —7:6
Surprise verse    "O My people, what have I done to you, or how have I wearied you? Answer Me!" —6:3
Prayer: Father, "as in the days when You came from the land of Egypt, show us wonderful signs" (7:15).