Micah is one of the 12 minor prophets. He prophesied over the kingdoms of Israel and Judah during the First Temple era. His name is composed of two parts: the first, ‘mi,’ is an interrogative (question) that we discussed three days ago – ‘who?’ The second part is ‘cha,’ which means ‘as’ or ‘like.’ Hence, the meaning of the name is ‘who is like?’ Then, what is so special and important in such a name?
The importance is in the hint that is hidden in this name. The name Mi•cha (Micah, meaning ‘who is like’) is an incomplete name. It is a reference to the most important question of ‘who is?’ in the Bible:
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?”
Micah is just a short version of Michael, which carries the complete meaning: “who is like God?” The ‘El’ at the end of the name means God. We mentioned several months ago that Michael (Mi•cha•el) is an archangel. An archangel (from Greek) is an angel of high rank. Mi•cha•el is mentioned several times in the Book of Daniel.
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 20 one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia”
Mi•cha•el also has a few references in the New Testament:
“But Michael, the archangel, when contending with the devil and arguing about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him an abusive condemnation, but said, ‘May the Lord rebuke you!'”
The second time is in Revelations:
“There was war in the sky. Michael and his angels made war on the dragon. The dragon and his angels made war”
There are other people in the Bible besides the prophet that are called Micha.
“And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah”