Micah 2 (Listen)

2:1   Woe to those who devise wickedness
    and work evil on their beds!
  When the morning dawns, they perform it,
    because it is in the power of their hand.
  They covet fields and seize them,
    and houses, and take them away;
  they oppress a man and his house,
    a man and his inheritance.
  Therefore thus says the LORD:
  behold, against this family I am devising disaster,
    from which you cannot remove your necks,
  and you shall not walk haughtily,
    for it will be a time of disaster.
  In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you
    and moan bitterly,
  and say, “We are utterly ruined;
    he changes the portion of my people;
  how he removes it from me!
    To an apostate he allots our fields.”
  Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot
    in the assembly of the LORD.
  “Do not preach”—thus they preach—
    “one should not preach of such things;
    disgrace will not overtake us.”
  Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
    Has the LORD grown impatient?
    Are these his deeds?
  Do not my words do good
    to him who walks uprightly?
  But lately my people have risen up as an enemy;
  you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly
    with no thought of war.
  The women of my people you drive out
    from their delightful houses;
  from their young children you take away
    my splendor forever.
10   Arise and go,
    for this is no place to rest,
  because of uncleanness that destroys
    with a grievous destruction.
11   If a man should go about and utter wind and lies,
    saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,”
    he would be the preacher for this people!
12   I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;
    I will gather the remnant of Israel;
  I will set them together
    like sheep in a fold,
  like a flock in its pasture,
    a noisy multitude of men.
13   He who opens the breach goes up before them;
    they break through and pass the gate,
    going out by it.
  Their king passes on before them,
    the LORD at their head.


I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the middle of its pasture. It will be noisy with people (Micah 2:12 CSB).

This chapter is all about plans. Micah describes how the powerful make evil plans all day long, using their power to gain more property and oppress the people. He also notes how God is making a plan – to bring judgment upon His people for their wicked ways. This judgment is certain because the people would rather listen to false prophets than hear the truth as told by God’s prophets. While certain, this judgment is not final, as God also has a wonderful plan to preserve a remnant of His people, bring them back, and to care and shepherd them (2:12-13) – pointing us forward to Jesus. Humans have their plans and schemes, but God knows our hearts and motives and His ways will always prevail. Know that His plan is both better and stronger than any plan devised or schemed by humans – and trust Him!

Pray it: Father, help me to dream up righteousness and love of my neighbors as soon as I arise from bed and see the morning light. May plans and dreams be shaped not by my desires but by your Word, and may you alone stand as the leader I follow today.

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