Judgment on the rulers. Judgment on the false prophets. Judgment on the political leaders.
VERSE 1. I said, “Please listen, you heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: Isn’t it for you to know justice?
Please listen. The central task of a disciple is to listen.
Yet many of us are poor listeners. Instead of listening, we talk. When it comes to prayer, instead of listening to the LORD God, we use spoken prayer.
Isn’t it for you to know justice? These disciples were to be experts of justice. But they promoted injustice.
VERSE 2. You who hate the good, and love the evil; who tear off their skin, and their flesh from off their bones;
You who hate the good, and love the evil. These people had become the opposite of what a lover of God should be.
Isaiah 5:20. Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
VERSE 3. who also eat the flesh of my people, and peel their skin from off them, and break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as meat within the cauldron.
VERSE 4. Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them. Yes, he will hide his face from them at that time, because they made their deeds evil.”
Isaiah 58:3. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you don’t see? Why have we afflicted our soul, and you don’t notice?’“Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and oppress all your laborers.
VERSE 5. The LORD says concerning the prophets who lead my people astray—for those who feed their teeth, they proclaim, “Peace!” and whoever doesn’t provide for their mouths, they prepare war against him:
the prophets who lead my people astray. Micah is speaking to the false prophets.
VERSE 6. “Therefore night is over you, with no vision, and it is dark to you, that you may not divine; and the sun will go down on the prophets, and the day will be black over them.
VERSE 7. The seers shall be disappointed, and the diviners confounded. Yes, they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.”
God. The Hebrew word rendered “God” is “אֱלֹהִ֑ים” (Elohim).
VERSE 8. But as for me, I am full of power by the LORD’s Spirit, and of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his disobedience, and to Israel his sin.
NIV translation. But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.
NLT translation. But as for me, I am filled with power -‐ with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength to boldly declare Morlino’s sin and rebellion.
I am filled with power. Many people felt timid and shy. They could never see ourselves speaking with people about spiritual or religious things.
But this verse tells a different story.
to declare. The LORD God fills us with power and the Holy Spirit and might, that we might be able to speak of spiritual and religious things.
We might still be hesitant. But timidity no longer clamps our mouth shut. It can be overcome.
Do you feel intimidated to speak of spiritual or religious things? Are you shy or timid? This verse suggests the LORD God can give you the power to speak.
VERSE 9. Please listen to this, you heads of the house of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice, and pervert all equity,
heads … rulers. Micah is speaking to the political rulers.
build up Zion with blood. The political leaders used bloodshed.
Jerusalem with iniquity. They were corrupt.
VERSE 11. Her leaders judge for bribes, and her priests teach for a price, and her prophets of it tell fortunes for money; yet they lean on the LORD, and say, “Isn’t the LORD among us? No disaster will come on us.”
leaders judge for bribes. The political leaders corrupted justice in exchange for bribes.
her prophets of it tell fortunes for money. Some faith-leaders do not teach the truth from the LORD God. Instead, they teach whatever people pay them to say. They are false prophets. Read more »
VERSE 12. Therefore Zion for your sake will be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem will become heaps of rubble, and the mountain of the temple like the high places of a forest.
Zion for your sake will be plowed like a field. Because of their corrupt political leaders, Zion will be destroyed.
Jerusalem will become heaps of rubble. Because of their corrupt political leaders, Jerusalem will be destroyed.
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