In Micah’s prophecy, the disobedience God’s people is close to home. It is in the centre of their nation, even among their kings. It’s not on the fringe. It was right under the Lord’s nose. We see today that the consequences will make them want to shave their heads…
1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah—the vision he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you,
listen, earth and all who live in it,
that the Sovereign Lord may bear witness against you,
the Lord from his holy temple.
5 All this is because of Jacob’s transgression,
because of the sins of the people of Israel.
What is Jacob’s transgression?
Is it not Samaria?
What is Judah’s high place?
Is it not Jerusalem?
16 Shave your head in mourning
for the children in whom you delight;
make yourself as bald as the vulture,
for they will go from you into exile.
Micah 1:1-2, 5, 16
Micah was a prophet during the reign of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. As I have been studying the book of 2Kings recently, it is interesting to view the events from the point of view of God’s prophet. Why? Because the point of view of the prophet is the point of view of the Lord.
Micah brings the ‘word of the Lord’ to God’s people, and God is bearing witness against them. It is Jacob’s transgression which is the problem. How could that be? Well, there are issues of conflict and sin and disobedience which go all the way back to the time of the Father of Israel – Jacob.
In the divided kingdom, Samaria is where Israel sins, and Judah commits idolatry in Jerusalem itself. In other words, their disobedience is close to home. It is in the centre of their nation. It’s not on the fringe. It isn’t the occasional or the exceptional who are disobeying God. The sin of the kings themselves are before the nation and before God.
The answer will be exile for all: even the children who will have to go with their parents. This reminds me of the sin of Achan, who sinned against God and the whole camp of Israel was impacted because of one person. There is more sin here than with Achan, and even their children will be impacted as Judah and Israel are exiled…
How close to home is your disobedience? Are you sinning at the core of everything? Is it part of your worship (Israel worshiped idols)? Is it part of your relationships (Israel intermingled and intermarried with those who did not know God)? In what part of your life where God has provided direction are you making a high place or going astray, right before the Lord’s eyes?
Time to shave your head…