|Micah Explains the Coming Destruction
|Woe to Oppressors
2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
3 Therefore thus saith Yehuveh; Behold, against this family [of Jacob] do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: He hath changed the portion of My people: how hath He removed it from me! turning away He hath divided our fields.
5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of Yehuveh.
6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.
7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of Yehuveh straitened? are these His doings? do not My words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
8 Even of late My people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.
Commentary on 2:1 [4 May 2006]: While other nations like Syria and Egypt have indeed oppressed Israel, it is the errant ideas and arrogant attitudes of their leaders which ultimately oppress the returning Israelite refugees the most. A woe is pronounced against them!
Commentary on 2:3-4 [8 May 2006]: Because Yehuveh has been so good to the young Nation of Israel over their fifty-eight year history, it will come as a shock to many that He now allows their utter destruction (Zephaniah 1:2, “I will utterly consume all things from off the land.” Isaiah 24:3, “The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled.”) From this experience, brought about by their own rebellion against Yehuveh, they “shall not remove [their] necks” Only “the man of wisdom,” those who love Yehuve and know “Thy name” will understand “who hath appointed” “the rod,” and why! To the remainder of the world, this apparent turn from Protector to Destroyer makes no sense. Micah 6:9.
Commentary on 2:5 [8 May 2006]: Zephaniah 1:3 makes it clear that Yehuveh intends to utterly clear the land of life: “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and . . . I will cut off man from off the land, saith Yehuveh.”
Commentary on 2:7 [8 May 2006]: Yehuveh’s instructions are joy to those who love Him. The assertion that old Hebrew ways are hard to live, an assertion put forth now by most of the Christian world, is part of the anti-semitic propiganda of Christianity. Consider each of Yehuveh’s instructions (family laws such as those regarding appropriate sexual activities, dietary laws such as appropriate flesh foods, economic laws such as tithing and trade, community laws such as restoration of theft) and it is evident that each instruction will indeed do us good if we choose to live Yehuveh’s way!
Originally Written: 8 May 2006
Latest Update: 6 August 2007
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