Micah 4

* The peace of the kingdom of Christ. (1-8) The judgments to

come upon Jerusalem, but the final triumph of Israel. (9-13)

1-8 The nations have not yet so submitted to the Prince of

Peace, as to beat their swords into ploughshares, nor has war

ceased. But very precious promises these are, relating to the

gospel church, which will be more and more fulfilled, for He is

faithful that has promised. There shall be a glorious church for

God set up in the world, in the last days, in the days of the

Messiah. Christ himself will build it upon a rock. The Gentiles

worshipped their idol gods; but in the period spoken of, the

people will cleave to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and

delight in doing his will. The word "halteth," describes those

who walk not according to the Divine word. The collecting the

captives from Babylon was an earnest of healing, purifying, and

prospering the church; and the reign of Christ shall continue

till succeeded by the everlasting kingdom of heaven. Let us stir

up each other to attend the ordinances of God, that we may learn

his holy ways, and walk in them, receiving the law from his

hands, which, being written in our hearts by his Spirit, may

show our interest in the Redeemer's righteousness.
9-13 Many nations would assemble against Zion to rejoice in her

calamities. They would not understand that the Lord had

collected them as sheaves are gathered to be threshed; and that

Zion would be strengthened to beat them to pieces. Nothing has

yet taken place in the history of the Jewish church agreeing

with this prediction. When God has conquering work for his

people to do, he will furnish them with strength and ability for

it. Believers should cry aloud under distresses, with the prayer

of faith, not with despondency.

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