Micah 3:1-12 Corruption:A Path NoWhere

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        CORRUPTION: A PATH NOWHERE
    Micah 3:1-12                     May 17 2009

    What the apostle says of another of the prophets is true of
this, who was also his contemporary-"Esaias is very bold,”
( Rom. 10:20). So, in this chapter, Micah is very bold in
reproving and threatening the great men that were the
ringleaders in sin; and he gives the reason  why he was so bold,
because he had commission and instruction from God to say
what he said, and was carried out in it by a higher spirit and
power than his own. Magistracy and ministry are two great
ordinances of God, for good to his church, but these were both
corrupted and the intentions of them perverted; and upon those
that abused them, and so abused the church with them, the
prophet is very severe, and justly so. He gives them their
lesson severally, reproving and threatening princes and false
flattering prophets . He gives them their lesson jointly, putting
them together, as acting in conjunction for the ruin of the
kingdom, which they should see the ruins of it .

    1. HE GIVES THEM THEIR LESSON SEVERALLY, REPROVING
       AND THREATENING PRINCES (Mic 3:1-4)

Micah 3:1   Then I said,     “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you
rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, 3:2  
you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my
people and the flesh from their bones;  3:3   who eat my people’s
flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who
chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?”  3:4 
 Then they will cry out to the LORD, but he will not answer them.
At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil
they have done.

    (Mic.3:1-12) (Mic 3:1-4) deal with the sins of the leaders
of Israel, (Mic. 3: 5-7) with the false prophets and (Mic.3:9-12)
with the leaders, priests and prophets. (3:1) Jacob . . . Israel .
Both names refer to Judah here (Mic.3:9-10). (Mic. 3:2-3) Tear
the skin . . . like flesh for the pot . A series of figures of speech
describing the cruel way the leaders treat the people. (Mic,3:2)
Hate good and Love evil. Contrast (Am 5:15; Romans 12:9). They .
The leaders. He will not answer . (Mic. 3: 7). Hide his fase .
( Dt 31:17; Isa 1:15) . Disobedience leads to separation from
God.

    2.  And False Flattering Prophets (Mic 3:5-8)

Micah 3:5   This is what the LORD says: As for the prophets who
lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim ‘peace’;
if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. 3:6  
Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and
darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets,
and the day will go dark for them. 3:7   The seers will be
ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their
faces because there is no answer from God.”  3:8   But as for me,
I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with
justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to
Israel his sin.

       Proclaim ‘Peace.’ The false prophets predicted peace for
Judah while Micah predicted destruction and captivity
(Mic. 3:12; 4:10). ( Jer 6:13-14; 8:10-11).  Seers. An older term
for “prophets” ( 1Sam 9:9).  One of the chief purposes of Micah
was to declare to Judah its sin. Filled . . . With the Spirit . The
prophets were Spirit-filled messengers (Isa 48:16).

    3.  THEIR FALSE SECURITY (Mic 3:9-12)

Micah 3:9   Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you
rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort
all that is right; 3:10   who build Zion with bloodshed, and
Jerusalem with wickedness. 3:11   Her leaders judge for a
bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell
fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, Is
not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.” 3:12 
 Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a
mound overgrown with thickets.

    Zion’s walls owe no thanks to those that build them up
with blood and iniquity. The sin of man works not the
righteousness of God. Even when men do that which in itself
is good, but do it for filthy lucre, it becomes abomination both
to God and man. Faith rests in the Lord as the soul’s foundation:
presumption only leans upon the Lord as a prop, and would use
him to serve a turn. If men’s having the Lord among them will
not keep them from doing evil, it never can secure them from
suffering evil for so doing. See the doom of wicked Jacob;
Therefore shall Zion for your sake be ploughed as a field. This
was exactly fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem by the
Romans, and is so at this day. If sacred places are polluted by
sin, they will be wasted and ruined by the judgments of God.
    FOR A BRIBE. (Isa 1:23; 5:23). The destruction of
Jerusalem occurred in 586 B.C. This verse was quoted a
century later in (Jer 26:18). (Jer 26:19) indicates that
Micah’s preaching may have been instrumental in the
revival under King Hezekiah ( 2Ki 18:1-6; 2Ch 29-31).

            Summary :

     The princes abhorred all judgment; they would not be
governed by any of its laws, either in their own practice or
in passing sentence upon appeals made to them; they
perverted all equity, and scorned to be under the direction
or correction of justice, when it could not be made pliable
to their secular interests. When, under pretence of doing
right, they did the most palpable wrongs, then they perverted
equity, and made it serve a purpose contrary to the intention
of the founder of magistracy and fountain of power. It is laid
to their charge that they build up Zion with blood. "They
pretend, in justification of their extortion and oppressions,
that they build up Zion and Jerusalem; they add new streets
and squares to the holy cities, and adorn them; they establish
and advance the public interests both in church and state, and
think that therein they do God and Israel good service. But it
is with blood and with iniquity, and therefore it cannot
prosper; nor will their intentions of good to the city of God
justify their contradictions to the law of God.” Those mistake
who think that a burning zeal for holy church, and the
propagating of the faith, will serve to consecrate robberies
and murders, massacres and depredations; no, Zion’s walls owe
those no thanks that build them up with blood and iniquity. The
sin of man works not the righteousness of God. "The office of
the princes is to judge upon appeals made to them; but they
judge for reward ; they give judgment on the side of those that
give the bribe; the most righteous cause shall not be carried
without a fee, and for a fee the most unrighteous cause shall
be carried.” Miserable is the people’s case when the judge’s
enquiry upon a cause is not, "What is to be done in it?” but,
"What is to be got by it?”