And I said:
Hear, you heads of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?—
you who hate the good and love the evil,
who tear the skin from off my people
and their flesh from off their bones,
who eat the flesh of my people,
and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
and chop them up like meat in a pot,
like flesh in a cauldron.
This will be a short post. There’s not a whole lot more that needs to be said about the words that Micah is conveying to the leaders of ancient Israel. Micah is simply informing them of what many Old Testament prophets have said. He is telling Israel of their pending disaster, the consequences they are going to suffer for their actions, their sins.
Maybe his descriptions in verses two and three seem harsh, but what corrupt leaders and governments do to their people is harsh.
The leaders, the governments use the citizens for their own gain. They take the honest earnings of the citizens much like tearing off their skin. As did the frontiersmen of old, they use every bit of their prey for their own well-being. Like settlers in the wilderness they use every morsel of the game they just bagged. Every piece is utilized. And so it is with government. If it has value, tax it and take it. They chop us up like meat in a pot.
Governments are the same today as they were in ancient times. They are setup with good and noble intentions, only to become corrupted by power and greed.
Micah makes his point again in verses nine through eleven:
Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel,
who detest justice
and make crooked all that is straight,
who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money;
yet they lean on the Lord and say,
“Is not the Lord in the midst of us?
No disaster shall come upon us.”
He speaks of the leaders of ancient Israel as corrupt and how they take good things, good people, and good ideas and twist them to suit their sense of justice. A sense of justice based on their lust for power and wealth. A sense of justice based on greed.
They do not build their empires with the sweat of their brow, they build it with the blood of their constituents. Micah tell us how the leaders do all they do for one reason, worldly wealth.
As in ancient times, governments are still the same.
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