Micah 3

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@November 26, 2023ESV (2016)ESV Prophets Plan 2023


  • Rulers and Prophets Denounced


Micah called out the house of Jacob for their injustice and cruel mistreatment of the poor. Instead of being shepherds of the sheep, as rulers are meant to be, these politicians were wolves, turning the sheep into meat for the pot and flesh for the caldron. As a result, the LORD would hide His face from them and not answer them. The prophets were entirely corrupt, prophesying of peace to those who gave them money while prophesying war to those who withheld payment. God would thus no longer speak to them in visions or otherwise; everything would go dark. Contrasting this was Micah, a true prophet and faithful witness empowered by the Spirit of the Lord. He spoke on behalf of the LORD that it would be due to the iniquity of the rulers and false prophets that “Zion shall be plowed as a field” and “Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins” (Micah 3:12).

There is a point at which all injustice will inevitably collide with the perfect righteousness of God. It will only be allowed to carry on for a length of time that God permits. Once this point is reached, it will be dealt with swiftly. This is the perfect justice of our God. For those currently under such treatment, this is a message of great hope. When viewed from the perspective of eternal blessedness with our Lord, whatever difficulty we experience in this life will seem but a breath. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:17-18)

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