1. Looking at the transition from the end of Micah 3 to these verses in chapter 4, describe what kind of transformation is being promised here. How does the Good News of Micah 4:1-8 contrast with the bad news from the first three chapters?
2. The sermon describes the significance of the “latter days” for understanding when this promise will come true, and the symbolism of the “house of the Lord being lifted up” for understanding what evidence there is that this promise is coming true. Reflecting on these two Biblical themes, how does this promise connect to the person and work of Jesus Christ? How does the sermon’s understanding of these ideas compare to other forms of interpretation?
3. Looking at verses 2-4, what are some of the important characteristics of the better future being promised here? How do these contrast with some of the present day concerns in your life and in our society?
4. The sermon points out the importance of three characteristics of this better future: unity in diversity, justice, and peace. Pick one of those and reflect on how you long to see this future, and how the troubles in our culture reflect a desire for that kind of future.
5. In conclusion, verses 5-8 give direction about how we can live towards the fulfillment of this promise. There are three applications the sermon offers: “follow the promise maker,” “let your weakness become your strength,” and “swim upstream.” Which one of those speaks most directly to you right now? What next step are you being called to make in light of that this week?
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,[a]
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.
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.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.