Daily Devotional Tuesday 20th December 2022by William Moody
The Mountain of the Lord
4:1 It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
2 and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,1
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
4 but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
5 For all the peoples walk
each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
The Lord Shall Rescue Zion
6 In that day, declares the LORD,
I will assemble the lame
and gather those who have been driven away
and those whom I have afflicted;
7 and the lame I will make the remnant,
and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion
from this time forth and forevermore.
8 And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you shall it come,
the former dominion shall come,
kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.
9 Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
that pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10 Writhe and groan,2 O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you shall go out from the city
and dwell in the open country;
you shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued;
there the LORD will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.
11 Now many nations
are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be defiled,
and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
12 But they do not know
the thoughts of the LORD;
they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 Arise and thresh,
O daughter of Zion,
for I will make your horn iron,
and I will make your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples;
and shall devote3 their gain to the LORD,
their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.
Chapter 4 is much more positive with the establishing of Zion (v1-5). This speaks of security and permanence. The fulfilment of this will ultimately be in the church, the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem will have diversity as ‘peoples shall flow to it’ (v1b) and ‘many nations shall come’ (v2a).
To hear the teaching of God’s Word was the great pull for these nations (v2b). The church needs to the place where God’s Word is faithfully taught.
The church will be a place of reconciliation (v3). The judging between nations speaks of fairness and the swords into plough shares speaks of peace.
Verse 4 gives a lovely picture of prosperity and security that comes from the ‘mouth of the Lord’, that comes through His Word. This comes as God’s people are distinct from all other nations in their devotion to the Lord.
Micah speaks of the restoration after the exile in Babylon (v6-10). There is the promise of better days when a new king will come to reign. God’s people due to their sin are facing challenging days but the new king will lead them to victory (v11-13). Old or New Testament, God’s people only find hope in the promised Messiah the Lord Jesus. He is in control, He alone can deliver.
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