MICAH: GODíS PUNISHMENT AND HIS RESTORATION
II: Godís Punishment Of The Peopleís Sins Against Each Other
A. Micah, who was ďa Judean from Moresheth in the SW of Palestine, preached to the common people of Judah.Ē (Ryrie Study Bible, KJV, 1978, p. 1283, ďIntroduction to the Book of Micah: The Prophet.Ē)
B. Though idolatry was the common peopleís chief sin, in Micah 2:1-11, Godís prophet revealed Godís coming judgment on the common people for their sins against each other.
C. We view the passage for our insight and application (as follows):
II. Godís Punishment Of The Peopleís Sins Against Each Other, Micah 2:1-11.
A. God had predicted in Micah 1:1-16 that he would punish the people for idolatry, but they had sinned against each other in violation of the Mosaic Covenant, what also called for punishment, B. K. C., O. T., p. 1479.
B. The Lord addressed these other sins in Micah 2:1-11, promising to punish them (as follows):
1. The Mosaic Covenant prohibited covetousness (Exodus 20:17) and stealing (Exodus 20:15), sins against oneís fellow man but the common people had extensively violated these two commands, Micah 2:1-5:
a. Micah pronounced a woe in judgment on those who planned to do evil on their beds at night because they had the power to do so, Micah 2:1.
b. Specifically, the wealthy and powerful would covet fields and houses of other people only to seize them the next day, defrauding other Hebrews of their fathersí inheritances in covetousness, Micah 2:2.
c. Thus, ďGod would punish Judah by allowing foreigners to take away their landĒ in just recompense for their own seizures of the properties of others, Micah 2:3; Ibid., Ryrie, ftn. to Micah 2:3-5.
d. Besides failing to be able to save themselves (Micah 2:3), the people of Judah would be mocked by the invaders who would ďmockingly sing to them what those in grief would normally have said about the loss of their fields,Ē Micah 2:4-5; Ibid., p. 1480.† The emotional pain they had inflicted on their fellow countrymen by seizing their lands unjustly would be felt by these wrongdoers of Judah themselves!
2. The Law prohibited the works of false prophets who spoke their own words in violation of Scripture (Deuteronomy 13:1-3) or whose prophecies failed to be fulfilled, proving themselves to be false prophets (Deuteronomy 18:20-22), but the prophets and the people both violated these commands, Micah 2:6-11:
a. Either the people of Judah or their false prophets or possibly both were angry about Micahís prophecies about Godís coming judgment, so they reacted to his ministry by calling him not to prophesy that the disaster of Godís punishment was coming, Micah 2:6; Ibid.; Ibid., Ryrie, ftn. to Micah 2:6-7.
b. Micah responded to this criticism in Micah 2:7 NIV, explaining that his hearers should not question if the Lord were to be angry so as to level punishing destruction upon them (Micah 2:7a), for Godís words do good for those whose ways are upright before the Lord (Micah 2:7b).
c. Micah then mentioned the sins of Judah that had aroused Godís anger, noting that lately the people like an enemy would strip off the rich robe from those who passed by without a care as those who were returning from battle with the spoils of war, and that they would drive the women of Godís people from their pleasant homes in seizing their houses, Micah 2:8-9a; Ibid., Bib. Know. Com., O. T.† In committing such sins, they forever took away Godís inheritance blessings from the children of these women, Micah 2:9b!
d. In fury, Godís response to such wickedness led Him to direct these sinners to get up and go away, for the land of Judah was not their resting place because it had been defiled by their sins, ruined beyond all remedy in Godís estimation, Micah 2:10.
e. Micah noted that the morality of the people had sunk so low that if a liar and a deceiver, a false prophet, were to come and offer to prophesy to the people prosperity marked by plenty of wine and beer instead of Godís impending judgment, he would be the perfect prophet for this people, Micah 2:11 NIV.
Lesson: Besides the chief sin of idolatry, the common people in covetousness stole the lands and houses of their countrymen, creating great grief and suffering, and they rejected the messages of Godís true prophets while accepting and supporting the false prophets who spoke in support of their sinful actions.† Accordingly, Godís punishment was due to fall on such wicked people for these sins against their fellow man.
Application: (1) May we avoid covetousness and stealing in respect for the property of others!† (2) May we heed those messengers who tell us the Biblical truth, even if it critiques our sin, that we might enjoy Godís blessing.