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FRAMEWORKS: Micah 2: Sins of the Nation & God's deliverance for the remnant


v.1-5 Your plans and stealing from one another means you will be cast out


v.1 Beware planners of iniquity....


v.1  Woe to those who plan iniquity,
    to those who plot evil on their beds!
At morning's light they carry it out
    because it is in their power to do it.

v.2 . you who steal the land of others


v.2  They covet fields and seize them,
    and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
    they rob them of their inheritance.


v.3 God will bring judgment on you


v.3  Therefore, the Lord says:

I am planning disaster against this people,
    from which you cannot save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,
    for it will be a time of calamity.

v.4 When that happens everyone will see and mock you, as I take your land


v.4  In that day people will ridicule you;
    they will taunt you with this mournful song:
We are utterly ruined;
    my people's possession is divided up.
He takes it from me!
    He assigns our fields to traitors.'


v.5 Then you will not be part of the covenant community


v.5  Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
    to divide the land by lot.


[Note: There are those who don't just commit iniquity but actually purposefully plan it [v.1] as they steal and defraud others in the covenant community [v.2], so God is coming to bring calamity on them [v.3] and take their land [v.4] from them as they have taken it from others [implied]. No longer will they be part of the covenant community that sees land holding as so important. [v.5]. See Num 34 & Psa 78:55]



v.6-11 You both countenance and deserve false prophets


v.6 The false prophets are upset when they hear this


v.6  Do not prophesy,' their prophets say.
    Do not prophesy about these things;
    disgrace will not overtake us.'

v.7 Don't question God's good intentions or timing


v.7  You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
    Does the Lord become impatient?
    Does he do such things?'

Do not my words do good
    to the one whose ways are upright?

v.8 The covenant people have recently become uncaring thieves


v.8  Lately my people have risen up
    like an enemy.
You strip off the rich robe
    from those who pass by without a care,
    like men returning from battle.

v.9 They steal from the defenseless, women and children


v.9  You drive the women of my people
    from their pleasant homes.
You take away my blessing
    from their children for ever.

v.10 So leave this land that you have debased


v.10  Get up, go away!
    For this is not your resting place,
because it is defiled,
    it is ruined, beyond all remedy.

v.11 A false, lying prophet is just what you deserve


v.11  If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
    I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,
    that would be just the prophet for this people!


[Note: False prophets always lead away from the truth [often found in the Law] as they bring false comfort to sinners and were thus upset by Micah [v.6], and distorted the truth about God [v.7], and so had allowed unrighteous, uncaring behaviour to prevail [v.8] as the weaker members of society were preyed on [v.9], so God will drive them away from their lands [v.10]. They truly deserve to be led astray by these false prophets! [v.11] Micah opposes the false prophets.]



v.12,13 Yet Deliverance will come from God


v.12 But I will yet gather the faithful remnant


v.12  I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
    I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a sheepfold,
    like a flock in its pasture;
    the place will throng with people.

v.13 The Lord will be their royal deliverer


v.13  The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
    they will break through the gate and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
    the Lord at their head.'


[Note: Amazingly, despite all this, the Lord will yet gather and protect His people, but note it is the remnant [v.12] after He has disciplined and cast out the rest, so He will deliver and lead out the remaining little flock [v.13]. Grace and mercy!]



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