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30 Micah (2)

What should we do in this time?

Micah 2:1-11
U Timothy 4:1-5
T Anger of God and a prophet

 It is the second of prophet Micah. From Chapter 1, we had a glimpse of a figure of sorrow prophet / seeker after truth Micah a little, last week. Perhaps Micah would send this message to people of the Lord who were in confrontation with a crisis of extinction, the north Israel, while he was feeling deep sorrow, through prophets of Yahweh of Samaria neighborhood. However, people of the Northern Kingdom did not have an ear to hear, so the eyes of Micah have begun to face the south.

 However, Micah who paid attention to south kingdom saw that the same brutality in the Northern Kingdom was performed there. "Woe to those who scheme iniquity, who work out evil on their beds! When morning comes, they do it, for it is in the power of their hands."(2:1); he uncovered that evil deed, but those roots were in the leader rank that received high education and had money and power. Here, in particular, they seem to be landowners. It is said, "Woe to those who scheme iniquity, who work out evil on their beds!", and it suggests that they were good at cunning. They are the person who has already stood enough; "They covet fields and then seize them, and houses, and take them away." (2). It might have been experience of Micah oneself.

 Micah took up their crime once again in Verse 8-9. These messages were really told at a street corner, and the people who heard them rebelled strongly (2:1-5). After Verse 8 would be arguments to them. Such spot sense will be one of the big characteristics of Micah. Order becomes the consequences, but I want to hear it from indication of a second crime of them. "Recently My people have arisen as an enemy- you strip the robe off a fellow Israelite, from unsuspecting passers-by, from those returned from war. The women of My people you evict, each one from her pleasant house. From her children you take My splendor forever." "You strip the robe off"; it will be a scene same as what there is in Amos, "And on garments taken as pledges they stretch out beside every alter," (Amos 2:8). That jacket was made with one piece of big cloth and served as the bedding. Even if it is considered to be debt, but it must be returned by the night; the law teach it. I hear sadness and anger of God and Micah from here, "your greed undermines everyday life of poor people". And I feel that such problems begin to occur at the same time in the present age.

U Words of God, still more

 Repulsion of the landowners who heard a message of Micah is seen in Verse 6-7. "'Do not speak out,' so they speak out. But if they do not speak out concerning these things, reproaches will not be turned back. Is it being said, O house of Jacob: 'Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient? Are these His doings?' Do not My words do good to the one walking uprightly?" (6-7) The messages of a prophet which they appeared on a street corner and passed on the words of the Lord; it was a valuable chances to feel God Yahweh near, and to think that they were citizens of the Lord, for the Israel people. The reason why a prophet became a symbol of a pride for Israel was that they stood among Yahweh with the people and interceded and gave hope to them. They confirmed that they were citizens of selection of the Lord, by hearing a message of a prophet. However, for the people whom the anger is turned to, in the same way as mass communication of the present age uncovering injustice of politician and corrupt industrialists, those message becomes the uneasiness materials that the greed that they hid is exposed to broad daylight, because they feel it that accusation is turned to themselves; a boss of a town have begun to pressure it. "Do not speak out"; they were in condition that they could not recognize both justice and conscience, even God, already. It may be said that the modern world itself was opening.

 It would not be only Micah that accused their crime. Like the Northern Kingdom of the Elijah times, would there be prophet groups many? There are people thinking that Micah was a pupil of Isaiah. I do not understand it that is the truth or falsehood, but a prophet of then was conscience of Israeli society, and when anyone was going to drift to evil all together at least, it may be said that he belonged to the genealogy of people to confront directly. I think that the genealogy of the prophet must be succeeded to us in the present age succeeded to Bible faith, too.

V What should we do in this time?

 We have heard a message of Micah who uncovered a crime of Israeli leaders now, but let's hear his another message. It is severe condemnation to the people who committed a crime. It is two places of Verse 3-5 and Verse 10-11; but it begins by making clear that it appeared from God, "Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity." (3). "I am planning"; it is not a meaning to be in progress, but it seems a nuance which God worries about among Him about His plan is strong. However, the judgment of God is decided and begins to start. "You cannot remove your necks; and you will not walk haughtily, for it will be an evil time." (3) "This evil time" is the evil that such a day of extinction comes before long into consideration; so that there is it thus, "On that day they will take up against you a taunt and utter a bitter lamentation and say, 'We are completely destroyed! He exchanges the portion of my people; how He removes it from me! To the apostate He apportions our fields.'"(4), "Arise and go, for this is no place of rest because of the uncleanness that brings on destruction, a painful destruction." (10). These are taking a form of poetry of a song that the people who watched them are surprised and sneer. It will point at an event of south kingdom extinction; 100 years later in BC586, it became reality.

 I want to hear it from Verse 5 and Verse 11; there is it, "Therefore, you will have no one stretching a measuring line for you by lot in the assembly of the Lord." (5). They have no place to stay in that ground, in a word, we may hear that God decided the Captivity. "If a man walking after wind and falsehood had told lies and said 'I will speak out to you concerning wine and liquor, he would be spokesman to this people.'"(11) In that time, only good message for each ear was popular. However, it sounds like only silly talk in an ear of God. When we read a message of Micah carefully, we can hear that is same as our terrible state of the present age. Would Micah fly over an event of south kingdom extinction and stare at time of God of the end? In the times that greed and an ego clashed entered gradually, this prophet may have expected secretly the One, the Messiah who will prepare for a place for us in the country of God for us. I hear it, "Be ready ... with great patience and instruction." (2 Timothy 4:2)