Micah 4* The peace of the kingdom of Christ. (1-8) The judgments tocome upon Jerusalem, but the final triumph of Israel. (9-13)1-8 The nations have not yet so submitted to the Prince ofPeace, as to beat their swords into ploughshares, nor has warceased. But very precious promises these are, relating to thegospel church, which will be more and more fulfilled, for He isfaithful that has promised. There shall be a glorious church forGod set up in the world, in the last days, in the days of theMessiah. Christ himself will build it upon a rock. The Gentilesworshipped their idol gods; but in the period spoken of, thepeople will cleave to the Lord with full purpose of heart, anddelight in doing his will. The word "halteth," describes thosewho walk not according to the Divine word. The collecting thecaptives from Babylon was an earnest of healing, purifying, andprospering the church; and the reign of Christ shall continuetill succeeded by the everlasting kingdom of heaven. Let us stirup each other to attend the ordinances of God, that we may learnhis holy ways, and walk in them, receiving the law from hishands, which, being written in our hearts by his Spirit, mayshow our interest in the Redeemer's righteousness. 9-13 Many nations would assemble against Zion to rejoice in hercalamities. They would not understand that the Lord hadcollected them as sheaves are gathered to be threshed; and thatZion would be strengthened to beat them to pieces. Nothing hasyet taken place in the history of the Jewish church agreeingwith this prediction. When God has conquering work for hispeople to do, he will furnish them with strength and ability forit. Believers should cry aloud under distresses, with the prayerof faith, not with despondency.
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