Today, I am reading and commenting on Micah 3-7.
In this passage Micah goes back and forth between condemning the people of Israel for their sins and offering hope of restoration by God. The condemnation is because the leaders of the people use their position for their own benefit, at the expense of the common people, rather than using their position to serve those who have been placed under their care. Micah tells us that no one is honest, neither among the leaders nor among the common people. Officials and judges apply the rules according to the bribes they are given. Prophets lead the people astray by promising peace to those who benefit them and attacking those who refuse to give to them. Those appointed to teach religious truth tell people that which gains them money and are silent about God’s word which might offend someone. Those with influence conspire to twist the law to their own advantage. Everyone considers honesty a fool’s game. Yet for all of that, Micah tells us that God promises to restore the people of Israel, teach them to follow His ways, and use them to bring His word to all nations.