What Makes for Peace - Micah 4:1-11, 5:2-5a
Micah 4:1-11; 5:2-5a
In the future the Lord’s Temple Mount will be the most important mountain of all; it will be more prominent than other hills.
People will stream to it. Many nations will come, saying, “Come on! Let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the temple of Jacob’s God,
so he can teach us his commands and we can live by his laws.” For Zion will be the source of instruction; the Lord’s teachings will proceed from Jerusalem.
He will arbitrate between many peoples and settle disputes between many distant nations. They will beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not use weapons against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.
Each will sit under his own grapevine or under his own fig tree without any fear. The Lord who commands armies has decreed it.
Though all the nations follow their respective gods, we will follow the Lord our God forever.
“In that day,” says the Lord, “I will gather the lame, and assemble the outcasts whom I injured. I will transform the lame into the nucleus of a new nation,
and those far off into a mighty nation. The Lord will reign over them on Mount Zion, from that day forward and forevermore.” As for you, watchtower for the flock,
fortress of Daughter Zion— your former dominion will be restored, the sovereignty that belongs to Daughter Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, why are you now shouting so loudly? Has your king disappeared? Has your wise leader been destroyed?
Is this why pain grips you as if you were a woman in labor? Twist and strain, Daughter Zion, as if you were in labor! For you will leave the city
and live in the open field. You will go to Babylon, but there you will be rescued. There the Lord will deliver you from the power of your enemies.
Many nations have now assembled against you. They say, “Jerusalem must be desecrated, so we can gloat over Zion!”
As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah— from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf,
one whose origins are in the distant past. So the Lord will hand the people of Israel over to their enemies until the time when the woman in labor gives birth.
Then the rest of the king’s countrymen will return to be reunited with the people of Israel. He will assume his post and shepherd the people by the Lord’s strength,
by the sovereign authority of the Lord his God. They will live securely, for at that time he will be honored even in the distant regions of the earth.
He will give us peace.