Micah 1 (Listen)
1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you;
pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and let the Lord GOD be a witness against you,
the Lord from his holy temple.
3 For behold, the LORD is coming out of his place,
and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains will melt under him,
and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
like waters poured down a steep place.
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country,
a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones into the valley
and uncover her foundations.
7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
all her wages shall be burned with fire,
and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
8 For this I will lament and wail;
I will go stripped and naked;
I will make lamentation like the jackals,
and mourning like the ostriches.
9 For her wound is incurable,
and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
10 Tell it not in Gath;
weep not at all;
roll yourselves in the dust.
11 Pass on your way,
inhabitants of Shaphir,
in nakedness and shame;
the inhabitants of Zaanan
do not come out;
the lamentation of Beth-ezel
shall take away from you its standing place.
12 For the inhabitants of Maroth
wait anxiously for good,
because disaster has come down from the LORD
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the steeds to the chariots,
inhabitants of Lachish;
it was the beginning of sin
to the daughter of Zion,
for in you were found
the transgressions of Israel.
14 Therefore you shall give parting gifts
the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing
to the kings of Israel.
15 I will again bring a conqueror to you,
inhabitants of Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
shall come to Adullam.
16 Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair,
for the children of your delight;
make yourselves as bald as the eagle,
for they shall go from you into exile.
Listen, all you peoples; pay attention, earth, and everyone in it! The Lord God will be a witness against you, the Lord, from his holy temple (Micah 1:2 CSB).
The prophet Micah delivered his messages to the kingdoms of Israel to the North and Judah to the South, but we also need to hear them. Micah’s word shows that the God who deeply loves His people burns in anger and promises to punish all who continue to sin against Him. The prophecy regarding the eventual siege of Israel and Judah by the Assyrians and Babylonians is specific, but the warning regarding the punishment of sin is not exclusive and must be heard by everyone, in every age, and in every place. It must have been interesting for the Israelites and Judeans to receive these words regarding destruction while experiencing great prosperity. How do you think the people responded? May we hear God speak to us today, so that we might turn from our sin and rest in His sovereign protection.
Pray it: Father, you have the power to move mountains and split valleys and you promise to punish the sin that is present on the earth. Help me to remember the depth of my sin and also the depth of your love for me in punishing Jesus in my place. May I never take your grace for granted nor be lax in following your good ways. Amen.
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