|Micah Explains the Coming Destruction
|Destruction in Israel and Judah
1:1 The word of Yehuveh that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let Yehuveh Elohim be witness against you, Yehuveh from His holy temple.
3 For, behold, Yehuveh cometh forth out of His place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains shall be molten under Him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.
5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.
Commentary on 1:1 [4 May 2006]: Samaria, the region we call the West Bank, and Jerusalem came under Israeli administration as a result of the Six Day War of 1967. Each time an Israili leader has determined to return this land to the Palentinians, Yehuveh has taken that leader out. In 1995 when Rabin agreed to “Peace Terms” which gave back this land, he was shot leaving the celebration of this decision. In August 2005 Ariel Sharon again violated Yehuveh’s trust in forcing Israel out of lands gained by war, the Gaza Strip and Golan Heights and proposing to clear the West Bank (Samaria) soon thereafter. By January Yehuveh had punished “the high one . . . the king of the [land] upon the [land].” [In Hebrew the word king is singular and the word translated earth in the KJV is adamah, soil, used of the land of Israel 16 times in Ezekiel. Furthermore, throughout the remainder of Isaiah 24 the word for earth is eretz, making this verse distinct from the remainder of what is predicted in Isaiah 24.] Did Israel’s leader hereby forfeit Yehuveh’s protection? Did his decisions and very actions set this prophecy in motion? Isaiah 24:21.
Commentary on 1:4 [28 April 2006]: Such a fire could very well be thromonuclear power, whether of human or natural devisement. Few other fires melt rock and soil so that they flow like wax and water.
Commentary on 1:5 [28 April 2006]: Why are Samaria and Jerusalem a problem to Yehuveh? Is it not, first of all, that now as anciently we have set up human leadership in place of His, and secondly, under such leadership Israel refuses entry to any tribe but Judah, further breaking the bonds of brotherhood and unity which Yehuveh holds for His people.
At yet another level, through astonishing miracles Yehuveh gave the state of Israel their land, wrenching it from the hands of strong and bitter enemies. When in August 2005 the Israeli leader, Ariel Sharon handed away this heritage, did he not transgress against Yehuveh and initiate the curse which will soon “make Samaria as an heap of the field”? Micah 1:6.
Originally Written: 28 April 2006
Latest Update: 6 August 2007
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