Micah Explains the Coming Destruction

Commentary on
Micah 5:8-15

What is to Come from Bethlehem?

8  And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
9  Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
10  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Yehuveh, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
11  And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
12  And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
13  Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
14  And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
15  And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

Commentary on 5:8-9
[4 June 2006]:  While these two verses use the symbolism of a lion, the context is that of Israel having dominance and superior strength over the nations rather than the sense of agressive warfare against them. In The Interlinear Bible, these verses read: “And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations in the midst of many peopes, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, . . . your hands shall be high above your foes, and all your enemies shall be cut off.” In the original context the emphasis is on the superiority of Jacob’s descendents, not upon their aggression against their enemies. Yehuveh Himself is handling their defense! 

Commentary on 5:10-14 [29 April 2006]:  Consider what Yehuveh is going to cut off from His people: I will cut off thy horses . . . and . . . thy chariots [means of agressive warfare against others]: . . .  the cities [centers for artificial life away from self-provision on the land] . . . and . . . all thy strong holds [devices for self-defense]: . . . witchcrafts . . . and . . . soothsayers [seeking for guidance from any source other than Yehuveh Himself]: . . . graven images . . . and thy standing images . . . and . . . thy groves [idolatry in every form, including the devotion to wealth-gaining which has been so deeply implanted in the American culture]: . . . so will I destroy thy cities.” Knowing Yehuveh is about to destroy every aspect of our artificial value system, we, at this time, should be prayerfully separating from every one of these spiritually-destructive things as quickly as we can. There is a reason Yehuveh must empty the land, but individually we must each choose our side. Our choice of aliegance will decidedly determine our position in the outcome. (Zephaniah 1:2-3).

Commentary on 5:15 [29 April 2006]:  This clearly points to the Day of Vengeance, shortly after 19 September 2009, and ties these verses to Isaiah 61:1-2


Gael Bataman
Originally Written:              29 April 2006
Latest Update:                    15 September 2009


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