Micah 2: Sins of the Nation & God's deliverance for the remnant
Your plans and stealing from one another means you will be cast
Beware planners of iniquity..
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.
…. you who steal the land of others
covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
they rob them of their inheritance.
God will bring judgment on you
the Lord says:
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.
When that happens everyone will see and mock you, as I take your
that day people will ridicule you;
they will taunt you with this mournful
“We are utterly ruined;
my people's possession is divided up.
He takes it from me!
He assigns our fields to traitors.”'
Then you will not be part of the covenant community
you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
to divide the land by lot.
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]
You both countenance and deserve false prophets
The false prophets are upset when they hear this
not prophesy,' their prophets say.
‘Do not prophesy about these things;
disgrace will not overtake us.'
Don't question God's good intentions or timing
descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
‘Does the Lord become impatient?
Does he do such things?'
not my words do good
to the one whose ways are upright?
The covenant people have recently become uncaring thieves
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.
They steal from the defenseless, women and children
drive the women of my people
from their pleasant homes.
You take away my blessing
from their children for ever.
So leave this land that you have debased
up, go away!
For this is not your resting place,
because it is defiled,
it is ruined, beyond all remedy.
A false, lying prophet is just what you deserve
a liar and deceiver comes and says,
“I will prophesy for you plenty of wine
that would be just the prophet for this
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
Yet Deliverance will come from God
But I will yet gather the faithful remnant
will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
I will surely bring together the remnant
I will bring them together like sheep in a sheepfold,
like a flock in its pasture;
the place will throng with people.
The Lord will be their royal deliverer
One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
they will break through the gate and go
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord at their head.'
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!]
TO CHAPTER 3