It’s a sad, repetitious
line of thinking: I’m God’s child and I can’t imagine Him punishing me because
He loves me. Heard that one? This was the same line of thinking getting Judah
(the southern kingdom of Judah) in trouble.
Today we find ourselves in Micah 2:6-11.
Here we read…
6 “Do not prophesy,” their
prophets say. “Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake
us.” 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? 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. 9 You drive the women of my people from their
pleasant homes. You take away my blessing from their children forever. 10
Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place, because it is defiled, it
is ruined, beyond all remedy. 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!
The false prophets of
Micah’s day were telling Micah to “shut his mouth” because their theological perspective
had no place for God’s punishment. Let’s
remember: Micah wasn’t prophesying in a strange land. He was talking to HIS people. He wasn’t a stranger; he was one of
them. But the true prophet of the Lord
doesn’t say what is popular; he speaks what is right.
Micah asks them in the
second part of verse seven, “do not my words do good to the one who
ways are upright?” Good question. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that
when your conscience is clear, a message of warning and judgment is received
very differently than if you are wallowing in the mud of unrighteousness.
If only they would listen
to his words of warning—instead of trying to quiet him—the words of judgment
would have been words of blessing. They
chose, however, to disregard this warning and live in sin and rebellion against
Looking at verses 8-9, we
see how far they had fallen:
- They mistreated women
- They robbed each other
- They stole the blessing
from their children (verse 9).
Their actions had broken
their relationship with their Creator.
Their sin had defiled the land “beyond all remedy”. These are
strong words from the prophet—no wonder they didn’t want him to prophesy.
But it was the truth.
Paul warned Timothy of the times when this same thing will occur in our lives.
“For the time will come when people will
not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will
gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears
want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to
myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work
of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:3–5
Brothers and sisters, keep
your heads about you in times when the message is so rejected. God is on our side and we must learn the
lesson from Micah:
no matter what!