The Pronouncement of Destruction

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Judgment

Micah gives a philosophy of human government. He deals with that which is false and that which is true authority in government. In the opening verse (v. 1) he makes some very important introductory points. (1) He states that the message is the Word of the Lord. (2) As the author he comes from Moresheth, a town about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem. (3) He dates this prophesy during the days of Jothan, Ahaz, and Hezekiah which means that he ministered in the later half of the eighth century B.C. (4) Even though he addresses both the southern and northern kingdom Samaria takes prominence as it will go into captivity in 130 years.

The pronouncement of destruction is divided into four parts:

  1. All the people of the earth are to be witnesses of God’s judgment (v. 2).
  2. The reason why the entire earth should listen and be witnesses are given (vv. 3-4).
  3. The reason why the destruction will come involves the sins of Israel (v. 5).
  4. Because of their sin, God’s judgment will come first to the Nothern Kingdom (v. 6-7).

The prophet said he would grieve because of Samaria’s destruction (vv. 8-9); then through a clever use of several word-plays he called on certain towns of Judah to mourn for Samaria and for themselves because they too would feel the brunt of an Assyrian invasion (vv. 10-16).

Application

Choosing to live a life apart from God is making a commitment to sin. Sin leads to judgement and death. God alone can show me the way to eternal peace. He will keep me on the right path.

Micah 1:1-16 (English Standard Version)

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. 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. For behold, the LORD is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. 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. 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? 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. 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. 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. For her wound is incurable, and it has come to Judah; it has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem. Tell it not in Gath; weep not at all; in Beth-le-aphrah roll yourselves in the dust. 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. For the inhabitants of Maroth wait anxiously for good, because disaster has come down from the LORD to the gate of Jerusalem. 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. Therefore you shall give parting gifts to Moresheth-gath; the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel. I will again bring a conqueror to you, inhabitants of Mareshah; the glory of Israel shall come to Adullam. 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.

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