Micah 3 Micah Speaks The Word To The Leaders Who Lacked It-Judgment.

The leaders in Israel were supposed to know justice (v. 1 Cf. Ps. 82:1-5; Jer. 5:4-5; Ezek. 22:27). This is why the LORD gave them the Law, the Prophets and Wisdom. Instead they hated good and loved evil, and the people suffered for it (vv. 2-3 Cf. Ps. 14:4; 27:2; Ezek. 11:3, 6-7; Zeph. 3:3). Therefore when they called on the LORD He did not hear them (v. 4 Cf. Ps. 18:41; Prov. 1:28; Jer. 11:11). The LORD will not listen to those whose hands are full of blood (Is. 1:15). The core of the problem began with the prophets, because through them the word of the LORD was supposed to come, but instead they preached peace while they devised war against any who would not give them what they wanted (v. 5 Cf. Is. 56:10-11; Jer. 6:13; Ezek. 13:10, 18-19).

Consequently, just as the LORD would not hear His people, even so the prophets would be left in the dark, not receiving any word from the LORD (v. 6 Cf. Is. 8:20-22; 29:10-12; Jer. 23:33-40; Ezek. 13:23). They were diviners and not prophets, and as a result they will be shamed (v. 7 Cf. Amos 8:11). Micah, on the other hand, is truly “full of power by the Spirit of the LORD,” and because he was, he was also full “of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin” (v. 8). In so doing Micah and Isaiah his contemporary, were obeying the call of the LORD (Is. 58:1). Israel’s leaders were rebuked for abhorring justice, and perverting equity (v. 9), relying rather on bloodshed and iniquity (v. 10 Cf. Jer. 22:13, 17; Ezek. 22:27; Hab. 2:12).

Occupants of all three offices of the political, the religious, and the prophet (who served the other two and the people directly), had corrupted themselves by speaking and governing according to the lies of their own imaginations-for money (v. 11a Cf. 7:3; Is. 1:23; 48:2; Jer. 6:13; 7:4), all the while claiming to lean on the LORD (v. 11b). As a result, the city of Jerusalem would become a heap of ruins, and “the mountain of the temple (or house) like the bare hills of the forest” (v. 12 Cf. Ps. 79:1; Jer. 9:11). Jeremiah would record that “certain elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, and quoted Micah, and verse 13 in particular (Cf. Jer. 26:18). This was in fact what Ezra and Nehemiah found (Neh. 4:2).

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