The opening words of the prophet Micah (v2) carry a strong and global injunction to hear and listen to the Sovereign LORD. A description of life under King Ahaz found in 2Kings 16 gives us an understanding of why those early recipients of Micah's writing so urgently needed to pay attention to the Sovereign LORD who was indeed coming in judgment against them. Micah paints a picture of God for them including 3 characteristics: 1) God is the Sovereign God of all creation (1:3-4); 2) He is the Judge who comes against sin, esp. idolatry and covetousness (1:5-7; 2:1-11); and 3) surprisingly, He is still a God who does not forget His covenant - He will preserve a remnant! (2:12-13). Two responses are called for in the passage: 1) lament (1:8-16); and 2) listen (1:2). May it be!
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