Micah announces that God's justice is coming in order to create a new future of love and faithfulness on the other side of Israel's sin and exile.
The book of Micah describes God's coming judgment on Israel because of its rebellion. The Assyrian Empire and then the Babylon Empire would destroy the nation and leave Jerusalem in ruin.
The good shepherd
However, Micah also gives the people hope. Like a shepherd, God will one day gather and restore a faithful remnant to the land. He will rebuild Jerusalem, defeat evil forever, set a Messianic King to rule over the people and bless all the nations.
Before that can happen, though, He must confront and judge evil from among His people. Then He can show mercy and fulfill His covenant promise to Abraham and bless all the nations through Israel. His ultimate purpose is not to destroy Israel but to redeem and save the world.
The book of Micah opens with God's appearance over Israel like at Mt Sinai in Exodus. He has come to judge the rebellious, unjust people.
Israel's leaders violate the Torah as they accept bribes, bend justice, favor the wealthy and steal land from the poor. God will judge them severely.
Hope and Restoration
Although God accuses and warns the people, He also gives them hope. He will shepherd the faithful remnant and gather all the nations to Israel.
After the Assyrian attack and Babylonian exile, God will restore His people in their land with a new Jerusalem, a Messianic King and no evil.
Future Hope in God
Israel begs God to listen to and forgive them, and He will because of His merciful character and covenant promise to Abraham and His people.