Date of celebration: 14/08
The prophet Micah lived in Jerusalem in 748 – 696 BC, under the kings Joatham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. He belonged to the tribe of Judah and was born in Morasthi, which is why he was also called a Morasthite.
Micah, almost contemporary with the prophet Isaiah, is the sixth of the minor so-called prophets. His prophecy consists of seven chapters. In the first three, he foretells the destruction of Samaria. In the next two he talks about the coming of the Messiah and in the last two he controls the people of Israel, who in order to atone for it, ask him to make various sacrifices to God, while Micah reminds him of the real duty he has to God, with the following question:
“What is the Lord looking for from you but someone who is sorry and loves mercy and is ready to walk with the Lord your God?” (Micaiah, v. 8). That is, what does God ask of you, but to be just, merciful, and willing to walk according to the commandments of the Lord your God? A timeless reminder, which naturally also responds to the people of our time. In general, the book of Micah, which was written in Hebrew, is distinguished by the lucidity and clarity of its phrases.
Let us also mention that Micaiah, because he was a fierce controller of the illegalities of Ahab, king of Judah, was persecuted by him and was saved by fleeing to the mountains. But when Ahab’s son Jehoram reigned, he was seized by him, not tolerating his controls, hanged and thus put to death. His body was collected by his relatives and buried in Morasthi, near the polyandry of Enakeim.