(13 verses, 1:30 to read)
What I am about to READ:
The preachers abandoned God’s Word. The people turned away from the Word of the Lord, as evidenced in the way they treated one another. Yet God promised to restore His people.
MARK & LEARN
1-2: Micah condemns Israel’s sins. People in Israel and Judah spent their time plotting how to acquire property that belonged to others. They were engaged in cheating and stealing and in robbing people of the gifts that God had given them.
3-5: Because of their unrepentance, God’s people will go into captivity. At that point, the right to parcel out the land will be given to “an apostate,” that is, to a Gentile, whom the Lord will use to shame Israel. The wicked in Israel will have no one to divide the land by lot, as they had in the past. What’s more, as long as they live in unrepentance, they will have no right to a parcel of land in the new, heavenly Jerusalem.
11-13: The people of Israel were sinning against the prophets by telling them to be quiet (except for prophets who promised good things for Israel, verse 11). They stole the cloaks of the men of the land who were unsuspecting and vulnerable. They robbed women of their homes. They also robbed the children of God’s blessings, both physical and spiritual.
13: “Their king”—This is Jesus, who has broken open the gates of sin and death and leads us out, with God the Father leading the procession.
It almost seems to be a contradiction. In the first part of this chapter, the Lord rails against the Israelites’ sins and promises that their land will be taken captive. In verses 12 and 13, however, He promises deliverance. In a way, there is a contradiction between the two parts of this chapter. The first part is law. The second part is gospel. The first promises punishment on Israel because of its sins. The second promises grace and blessing on Israel in spite of its sin—or, rather, through the forgiveness of its sins.
Unfortunately, the attitude of the false prophets in verse 7 is an attitude still prevalent in the Church today. Some religious leaders lull people into spiritual apathy and false security by portraying God as a God who would never judge sinners or send them to hell. In verse 11 we hear of “preachers” who “preach . . . of wine and strong drink.” Sadly, there are preachers who preach that God condones any and all kinds of wicked behavior. They treat God as a genie whose top priority is our fleshly happiness. This leads many people astray, believing that they have license to obey their sinful, fleshly desires. This is directly opposed to God’s charge to preachers…! 2 Timothy 4:1–5: “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.