Today we’re moving ahead a book from Jonah, to Micah. — This is what God gave me today in His word:
Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. For behold, the LORD is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place. All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem? (Micah 1:2-5)
Look for a moment here at exactly how, and in what order, Micah phrases things:
First off, he tells of God in His temple. Then he tells of how “the LORD is coming out of his place”. Thirdly, he says, “and will come down and tread upon the high places of the Earth.” And this is followed by mountains melting under Him and valleys splitting open. Not only that, but Micah then tells us why and where this will happen: it will happen because of the transgressions of Judah and Israel, and it will happen at Jerusalem. Well, I don’t remember any of this happening ever? When did God step out of Heaven, for the transgressions of sinners? If you don’t mind, I would like to share with you a couple of verses that may make you see this in a new light:
And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). (Mark 15:22) – An interesting thing to note here is that Golgotha is right outside of Jerusalem. In addition to that, it’s a mountain… One could even call it a “high place.”
And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Mathew 27:51-53)
Jesus Christ stepped down from Heaven; stepped down from His place, down to the high place on Earth, called Golgotha. And, when He stepped down to Golgotha, and was crucified, tombs broken open; the dead were raised to life (their Spirits flowed from on high back into their bodies, possibly in a slightly water-like way, we don’t know for sure), the valley of death was breached! And why did all of this happen? It happened because of sin; because of transgression. And where did it happen? Right outside of Jerusalem. Jesus, one can rather safely assume, is the fulfillment of the prophecy Micah made.
The point being simply this: the Old Testament, no matter where, to some extent or other, speaks of Jesus. We’ve just got to find it.
You are Loved!