Sins of the people. Sins of the false prophets. The regathering.
VERSE 1. Woe to those who devise iniquity and work evil on their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.
VERSE 2. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, then take them away. They oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
They covet fields. The essential nature of these people is greed. Greed is opposed to the way of the Most High God.
In our day, many Christians look up to greedy people as heroes.
VERSE 3. Therefore the LORD says: “Behold, I am planning against these people a disaster, from which you will not remove your necks, neither will you walk haughtily, for it is an evil time.
VERSE 4. In that day they will take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, saying, ‘We are utterly ruined! My people’s possession is divided up. Indeed he takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors!’ ”
My people’s possession is divided up. Many people associate their possessions with the value of their life. Take away their possessions, and they think their life has been destroyed.
But for a disciple of the Most High God, the value of our life has nothing to do with our possessions. Or lack thereof.
The value of our lives comes from the Most High God, and not from possessions.
VERSE 5. Therefore you will have no one who divides the land by lot in the LORD’s assembly.
VERSE 6. “Don’t prophesy!”—they prophesy— “Don’t prophesy about these things. Disgrace won’t overtake us.”
NIV translation. “Do not prophesy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.”
Do not prophesy. Many of the prophets in those days were defenders of the status-quo.
Their lives were immersed in the status quo. They defended the status quo. They rejected anything that might change the status quo.
They merely masqueraded as prophets.
They tried to shush Micah, as he was an authentic prophet of the Most High God. They did not want people to hear what Micah had to tell them.
In our day some Christian leaders are like that. Their lives are immersed in the status quo. They defend the status quo. They reject anything that might change the status quo.
Without the use of words, their own lives are shouting the exact same thing the false prophets said to Micah: “Don’t prophesy!”
VERSE 7. Shall it be said, O house of Jacob, “Is the LORD’s Spirit angry? Are these his doings? Don’t my words do good to him who walks blamelessly?”
VERSE 8. But lately my people have risen up as an enemy. You strip the robe and clothing from those who pass by without a care, returning from battle.
VERSE 9. You drive the women of my people out from their pleasant houses; from their young children you take away my blessing forever.
VERSE 10. Arise, and depart! For this is not your resting place, because of uncleanness that destroys, even with a grievous destruction.
VERSE 11. If a man walking in a spirit of falsehood lies, saying, “I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink,” he would be the prophet of this people.
in a spirit of falsehood. Falsehood is the opposite of the truth. People who lie are not agents of the Holy Spirit.
Even is a person is famous and highly-esteemed, if they are a liar, they are not an agent of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Read more »
VERSE 12. I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob. I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the middle of their pasture. They will swarm with people.
VERSE 13. He who breaks open the way goes up before them. They break through the gate, and go out. Their king passes on before them, with the LORD at their head.
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