- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Micah 3
Leaders and prophets are rebuked.
Israel in prophet Micah’s time was full of corruption among leaders socially, politically, and religiously. Three kind of leaders were mentioned in chapter 3, rulers, prophets, and priests and God’s judgement over them.
The rulers did avaricious things and irresponsible for their people. They enriched Jerusalem by exploiting the less powerful. The public officials should recognize and appreciate justice but they aborted it, and act on bribing. No wonder the Lord will not respond when they ask for help from the disaster that is coming to Israel.
The prophets tailor their message to the amount, food and money, paid to them by their audiences by prophesying falsely. Therefore, they will no longer receive the message from God.
Micah’s prophecy points that rulers, prophets, and priest, they all serve the highest bidders confidently relying on the Lord’s presence and protection. Because of their corruption, however, God will judge them with city to be razed, the temple with thickets, with no building remain.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?