Question of the Day: Christians Reading Micah 4.1-4

Yesterday, as a group which I attend discussed Jim Wallis‘ view on foreign policy, some noted that he used Micah 4.4 as the central point, while several disagreed with Wallis’ application. I think that the first mistake is not to take the verse in context:

 In the last days, the mountain of the LORD’s house will be the highest of all– the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship. People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the LORD’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem. The LORD will mediate between peoples and will settle disputes between strong nations far away. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore. (Mic 4:1-3 NLT)

So, it is speaking of the last days, when peace will reign among the peoples.

Okay, gotcha, but what if you don’t believe in dispensationalistic eschatology as developed lately, but in that Christ inaugurated the eschaton? And that the eschaton is not fully realized until we are with Christ?

But, the question which the group wrestled with is whether or not Christians work towards this goal or is it something that we wait for God to accomplish himself?

Author: Joel Watts

Joel L. Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. and MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014). his latest, Jesus as Divine Suicide, is forthcoming.

3 thoughts on “Question of the Day: Christians Reading Micah 4.1-4”

  1. In Acts 2:16-17 Peter clearly taught that another Old Testament “In the last days” prophecy was being fulfilled at Pentecost. So there is no proper exegetical warrant for taking this Micah passage as referring only to an age yet to come. Clearly this has not yet been completely fulfilled, but I believe we should work towards its fulfilment.

  2. Of course God will accomplish it.

    That’s the advantage of being a pacifist, because we trust God more. 🙂

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