Verse 1 – And I said: “Hear now, O heads of Jacob, and your rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice?
In this chapter, Micah directs his prophesy toward the corrupt rulers, prophets, and priests. These were the ones responsible for teaching the people right from wrong. All sin is bad, but leading others away from God is the worst of all.
Verse 2 – You who hate good and love evil; who strip the skin from people, and the flesh from their bones;
Verse 3 – Who also eat the flesh of My people, flay their skin from them, break their bones, and chop them in pieces like meat for the pot, like flesh in the caldron.”
Verse 4 – Then they will cry to the Lord, but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, because they have been evil in their deeds.
This cry will only be of their pain, not the cry of repentance, and He won’t hear it. The leaders were treating the people miserably in order to satisfy their own desires, and then found themselves in trouble. Do you know people who treat others any way they want and then when they are in trouble want people to come to their rescue? God is not a “light switch” to be turned on and off. Make Him your God “All the time!”
Verse 5 – Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who make My people stray; who chant “Peace” while they chew with their teeth, but who prepare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths;
Verse 6 – “Therefore you shall have night without vision, and you shall have darkness without divination; the sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be dark for them.
Verse 7 – So the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners abashed; indeed they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer from God.”
Not everyone who claims to be a prophet from God is. God was going to make these false prophets so ashamed that they wouldn’t be able to open their mouth.
verse 8 – But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgressions and to Israel his sin.
Micah let them know that only by God’s Spirit could he prophesy. Jesus told His followers they would receive power to witness about Him when the Holy spirit came on them (Acts 1:8). You have no power to even live right, let alone be a witness without the power of God’s Holy Spirit. We don’t even have the power to understand God’s Word unless we are filled with His Spirit. That’s why those who don’t have His Spirit call His word “foolishness.”
Verse 9 – Now hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity,
Verse 10 – who build up Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with iniquity:
Verse 11 – Her heads judge for a bribe, her priests teach for pay, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the Lord, and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No harm can come upon us.”
Verse 12 – Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest.
Jerusalem would be destroyed just as Samaria was. This happened in 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army attacked the city (2 Kings 25).
Will the US escape judgment for committing the same sins? I think not! We’ve got corrupt leaders telling the people its OK to kill the unborn; any marriage, man to man or woman to woman, is OK with them; and if you don’t like the gender you were born with, you can change it. This nation will be judged one day by the All Mighty. God doesn’t change and does not show favor to sin. Sin is still sin in the eyes of God.