Two nights ago I was led to read this prophet -Micah when I asked the Lord what to pray and how to pray for this once ‘found’ but now ‘lost’ nation (once ‘seeing’ but now ‘blind’). I read and made notes and prayed. But I was reluctant to post in my blog because my heart was set on posting about God’s love as shown in the book of Malachi, the last Old Testament prophetic book before we cross over to reading the New Testament in preparation for the year end. Last night I was led to read my top posts and was not surprised to see my post on 12-18-2014 “True prophets: Micah one” was climbing the readers’ chart, but I was again too weary in my soul to post Micah. This morning I woke to see this former post has climbed to the top post spot. So here am, posting my notes on Micah. (excerpts from Micah 1-2 )
Notes on Chapter One: God pinpointed the twin culprits, being the center of idolatry – “Samaria, its capital city!” The place of idolatry – “In Jerusalem, the capital!”. The outcome of such spiritual “prostitution” (which was accompanied by physical economic oppression): Children in captivity and exiled; others will set your boundaries then, and the Lord’s people will have no say…”
1 The Lord gave this message to Micah of Moresheth during the years when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. The visions he saw concerned both Samaria and Jerusalem.
Grief over Samaria and Jerusalem
2 Attention! Let all the people of the world listen!
Let the earth and everything in it hear.
The Sovereign Lord is making accusations against you;
the Lord speaks from his holy Temple.
3 Look! The Lord is coming!
He leaves his throne in heaven
and tramples the heights of the earth.
4 The mountains melt beneath his feet
and flow into the valleys
like wax in a fire,
like water pouring down a hill.
5 And why is this happening?
Because of the rebellion of Israel[a]—
yes, the sins of the whole nation.
Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion?
Samaria, its capital city!
Where is the center of idolatry in Judah?
In Jerusalem, its capital!
6 “So I, the Lord, will make the city of Samaria
a heap of ruins.
Her streets will be plowed up
for planting vineyards.
I will roll the stones of her walls into the valley below,
exposing her foundations.
7 All her carved images will be smashed.
All her sacred treasures will be burned.
These things were bought with the money
earned by her prostitution,
and they will now be carried away
to pay prostitutes elsewhere.”
8 Therefore, I will mourn and lament.
I will walk around barefoot and naked.
I will howl like a jackal
and moan like an owl.
9 For my people’s wound
is too deep to heal.
It has reached into Judah,
even to the gates of Jerusalem.
16 Oh, people of Judah, shave your heads in sorrow,
for the children you love will be snatched away.
Make yourselves as bald as a vulture,
for your little ones will be exiled to distant lands.
Notes on Chapter two: Judgment against Wealthy Oppressors (those in political and economic power and authority): ” In that day your enemies will make fun of you.”
1 What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night,
thinking up evil plans.
You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out,
simply because you have the power to do so.
2 When you want a piece of land,
you find a way to seize it.
When you want someone’s house,
you take it by fraud and violence.
You cheat a man of his property,
stealing his family’s inheritance.
3 But this is what the Lord says:
“I will reward your evil with evil;
you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose.
You will no longer walk around proudly,
for it will be a terrible time.”
4 In that day your enemies will make fun of you
by singing this song of despair about you:
“We are finished,
God has confiscated our land,
taking it from us.
He has given our fields
to those who betrayed us.[n]”
5 Others will set your boundaries then,
and the Lord’s people will have no say
in how the land is divided.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The sad truth:
People continued to reject the True Prophets and welcome False Prophets
6 “Don’t say such things,”
the people respond.[o]
“Don’t prophesy like that.
Such disasters will never come our way!”
7 Should you talk that way, O family of Israel?[p]
Will the Lord’s Spirit have patience with such behavior?
If you would do what is right,
you would find my words comforting.
8 Yet to this very hour
my people rise against me like an enemy!
You steal the shirts right off the backs
of those who trusted you,
making them as ragged as men
returning from battle.
9 You have evicted women from their pleasant homes
and forever stripped their children of all that God would give them.
10 Up! Begone!
This is no longer your land and home,
for you have filled it with sin
and ruined it completely.
11 Suppose a prophet full of lies would say to you,
“I’ll preach to you the joys of wine and alcohol!”
That’s just the kind of prophet you would like!