Micah 4:13 KJV
Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion:
for I will make thine horn iron,
and I will make thy hoofs brass:
and thou shalt beat in pieces many people:
and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord,
and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
‘People in Zion, get up and fight your enemies,’ God says to you. ‘Hit them like people thresh the wheat. I will make you very strong. Then you will be like dangerous animals with iron horns and metal feet. You will beat enemies from many countries, as men crush things into small pieces. The people from those countries became rich, because they did bad things. But you will bring their riches to me, because I am the Lord of all the earth.’
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Destroy thy foes “gathered” by Yahweh as “sheaves” (Isaiah 41:15,16).
Zion being compared to an ox treading corn, and an ox’s strength lying in the horns, her strength is implied by giving her a horn of iron (compare 1 Kings 22:11).
Beat in pieces many people
See Daniel 2:44.
I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord
God subjects the nations to Zion, not for her own selfish aggrandizement, but for His glory (Isaiah 60:6,9, Zechariah 14:20, with which compare Isaiah 23:18) and for their ultimate good; therefore He is here called, not merely God of Israel, but “Lord of the whole earth.”
Get ready and thresh
Micah uses a well-known image in this text. When the grain had to be threshed, the oriental farmer spread the wheat on the threshing floor and then let oxen walk over it, which worked the wheat with their hooves.
Well, such a threshing ox will be Judah!
Sure, the enemies will try in every way possible to destroy Judah, but … the tables will be turned.
God will gather all Judah’s enemies on the threshing floor and then the call will sound: “Get up and thresh, O daughter of Zion!” God will provide his people with great strength, so that they will trample all his opponents.
For those who did not know yet: The victory is to Zion.
Even now, God’s congregation may be distressed in many ways, and surrounded by many opponents, who are aiming for our destruction.
Yet, in Christ we are more than conquerors!
Romans 8:37 KJV
In all these things we are more than conquerors
through Him that loved us.
Once the saints will even judge the world.
1 Corinthians 6:2 KJV
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?
What comfort for you who learned to put your hope in the Christ.
The fellowship of His suffering, holds for you the promise of the fellowship of His utter victory. Can it get any richer?
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