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MICAH 3:5-12

MICAH, A COURSE IN HOMILETICS!

REAL PREACHING!

"Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God. But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest." Micah 3:5-12

 

 A Preacher in his Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESSON 1, VERSE 5:

The Sermon we are about to study is a model of real Old Testament preaching, Bible preaching really!

We shall approach it on a verse-by-verse basis.

Before we learn a few rare facts about the true Prophet of God, Micah the Morasthite, we are introduced to some of the spiritually inferior prophets, so-called anyway.

"Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him." Micah 3:5

God Himself, Jehovah specifically, is speaking! Notice that Micah has fellowshipped with our great God so much, that when He speaks, Deity verbalized, nothing unusual is noted! God talked to Micah day by day! And while such communion is always good, great, the very height of ecstasy, it has apparently become quite regular to this man of God! But that's good!

The verb "err," in Hebrew, "taah," is used only fifty times in all the Bible! It means "to wander, to go astray," but occasionally "to stagger" as a drunk person! Their preaching is confusing! No conviction! No appeal to godly living!

This weakness may be due to their character! They "bite" with their teeth! This is not a dental report. It means they are voracious, hungry for material gain, even to the point of devouring people if need be! They will attack widows or orphans or the weak and sickly, even the poor ... for selfish reasons! To pad their own bank accounts! They don't care about people, just about money!

The verb used here for "bite" is "nashak," translated "bite" 14 times in the King James Old Testament, but "lend upon usury" 1 time! And that once is very significant! It shows us how the Holy Spirit views this word. It gives us precedence in defining the term. Greedy preachers!

In union with greedy bankers and politicians, as we shall soon see!

Notice that as they rob the lowly, they are at the very same time preaching! Calling out loud, "Peace, Peace!" That's "shalom!" Prosperity is coming! All is well! Everyone is happy! No dark clouds on the horizon! Health and wealth for everyone!

Liars!

And those few folks who do not cooperate with their wicked schemes, who "put not into their mouths," who don't feed their gluttonous appetites, who don't "play their games," they viciously oppose!

Even to the point of "preparing war against them!"

By the way, that verb "putteth," used in connection with the mouths of these false prophets, translates "nathan," the primary Hebrew verb for "give!" Give to these men ... or else!

Here's certainly one example of some true "lovers of money," to use Paul's term. And, "the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith." 1st Timothy 6:10

To "prepare" is "qadash," surprisingly but literally meaning "to consecrate, to dedicate, to make holy!" This is a holy war! More money for the preachers, by hook or by crook!

These men are following the steps of Hophni and Phinehas, Eli's sons. "Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD. And the priests' custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand; and he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither." Stealing from God and His people!

Note too, this is not Micah's evaluation of these weak preachers! It is God's report!

Listen to me. It's true of any nation on earth! As go its Preachers, so go its people!

Someone has to hold the line!

Stand true for God!

And Micah did!

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2, VERSE 6:

The Lord is rebuking a certain group of prophets. "False Prophets," I would call them! But while they are certainly "backslidden" at the moment, they apparently have walked close to God at some point in their lives!

Something can't be "removed" ... until it has been in its proper place for a while! Let's look at today's verse: "Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them." Micah 3:6

The implication is that these men once had light! But now, having spurned the truth, they lack discernment.

The state of being "dark," symbolically "night" having come, presupposes earlier days, days of great "light!"

The "vision" that is now being denied these preachers is represented by the Hebrew noun "chazon." Its meanings range from a "prophecy" to a "divine communication" to an "ecstatic experience!" God no longer speaks to them!

Not to hear from God is spiritual darkness!

The verb "be dark" suggests an ever darkening situation! "Chashak" means the state of "obscurity."

If anyone turns from Light, Almighty God as Light, then nothing is left, nothing but darkness!

The verb "divine" is spelled "qasam" and means "to distribute," but most often by some kind of magical ceremony! This word usually has negative connotations in Scripture. "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer." Look at the evil company it keeps here in Deuteronomy 18:10-11.

God forbids Israel such activity! "For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do." Deuteronomy 18:14

It appears that God has blocked all supernatural light, good or bad, from these men!

Also note their "mixture" of prophecy and witchcraft! In fact, 1st Samuel 15:23 directly translates our word as "witchcraft!"

"Qasam" is also identified with "soothsaying" in Joshua 13:22.

However, to be exact, I have found a few places in the Bible where "qasam" is used neutrally, maybe even favorably!

"A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment." Proverbs 16:10 translates "qecem," a close relative to "qasam," as "divine sentence."

And in Isaiah 3:2 "qasam" is rendered as "prudent!" Read it. "For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, the mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, the captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator." God's judgment has begun!

Presumably, if one can "divine" lies, he could also "divine" the truth! "And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel." Ezekiel 13:9

Either way the verb is used, these prophets have failed!

Their "sun" is setting!

By syncretism, mixing heathenism with the ways of God, or by compromise, merely changing God's methods, they have spiritually turned the brightness of daytime into the darkest of night!

What a shame!

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, MICAH 7:

The Lord is rebuking the false prophets of Micah's day!

"Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God." Micah 3:7

Not to insult your intelligence, but a "seer" is merely one who "sees!" It's particularly used of a prophet because he is usually believed to be able to predict certain coming events, thus "seeing" in advance of current situations. The Hebrew noun here is spelled "chozen," also associated with "stargazers" when used negatively. Basically, "chazah" means "to stare" at something.

These deficient so-called men of God will be made "ashamed," and made so by God Himself! The verb is "bush," pronounced "boosh," and means "to grow pale!" Used over 125 times in Scripture, it first appears in Genesis 2:25. "And they, Adam and Eve, were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."

Backslidden prophets!

No message from God!

Out of contact!

"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Psalm 66:18

And apparently as a synonym for "seers," the noun "diviners" again appears. Used in the King James Text in various ways, from "prudent ones" to "soothsayers," it means "to dispense or distribute," likely, the message of God! God's very Word!

These men will be "confounded." And "chapher" means "to blush!" Its verbal root implies "prying into" something, perhaps something forbidden. "Embarrassed" might be a good English equivalent here.

To "cover one's lips" suggests, believe it or not, leprosy! Let's read Leviticus 13:45. "And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean."

Defiled!

Contagious!

Socially rejected!

And that's happening to this bunch of preachers who wanted so badly the acceptance and approval of the world! The "politically correct" crowd, you know!

The exact verb "cover" means "to wrap around," evidently winding some cloth around one's mouth to retard the spread of germs!

Mouths shut!

Closed!

But not only is the false prophet's mouth now sealed!

So is God's!

To them anyway!

Yet the Lord is certainly still speaking freely to men like Micah, men who have not compromised!

"For there is no answer of God," we are told. It's like Proverbs 1:28, where God warns: "Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me."

Sin, surprisingly, restricts God's power!

Not that He can't do whatever He pleases!

He chooses not to do so in the face of rebellion and disbelief!

Matthew 13:58 records of Jesus: "And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief."

Today we've seen some of the dire consequences, at least the spiritual consequences, of drifting away from God! Those who treasure God's Presence will weep!

Sad indeed!

                                                                         --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4, VERSE 8:

Personally I believe it's one of the greatest verses in all the Prophets! And lowly little Micah wrote it, with the aid of the Holy Spirit of course.

After having discredited all the local "professional" prophets, politically enslaved to the King and financially linked to the crooked businessmen as they were, Micah tells us something about himself!

This first might sound a little egotistical. But that's not the case at all. The Lord needed this information to be conveyed. We're going to see a stark contrast between the false and the true, between the synthetic and the real, between covetousness and character!

"But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin." Micah 3:8

Wow!

The prophets of verses 5-7 have no power, no real power! "Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God."

Any power they once enjoyed, from Almighty God that is, has long gone! They can't even get a word from God!

But Micah!

He has power!

"Full power," he says! "But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin."

The verb "am full" translates "male" in Hebrew. It means "gathered to the point of overflowing!" Absolutely to the "brim!"

Micah even adds the personal pronoun for emphasis, "anokiy." This was already present in the verb, it being 1st person singular. But it's important to this Preacher that we know! Micah himself is overflowing with the Holy Spirit of God! Talk about fullness!

Then the noun "power" is "koach," from a rare seldom-used word, a verb, just meaning "to be firm." To be "vigorous!" In Isaiah 11:2 the Holy Spirit is literally labeled "the Spirit of Might!" What a Title!

But everything good God has the devil seeks to "copy!" To make some kind of substitute, a mere replica! And "koach" once in the Bible, Leviticus 11:30, is translated as "chameleon!" That's one of those little lizards, unclean for the Jews to eat, but hardy and enthusiastic in its motions! Also today able to change colors, depending on its surroundings!

If the Devil can turn God's very Grace into "lasciviousness," what can he do with God's power?

But Micah had the real Thing!

The real Person, God the Third Person!

The noun "Spirit" here in our Text, "ruach," serves as the direct object for the whole sentence. This great Power Micah possesses is focused upon the Holy Spirit! The Source of all our power is He! "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you ...." Acts 1:8

Amen!

Or, using another Scripture, when Jesus returned from His victory over the Devil in the 40-day wilderness temptation, that ordeal, Luke tells us: "And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about." Luke 4:14

Now the Holy Spirit has not only saturated Micah with Power, but with another ingredient lacking in the local false prophets, "judgment." The word is "mishpat," in this context meaning "a verdict!" A sentence! Micah is not afraid of this crowd of backsliders! He is boldly going to tell them of God's approaching judgment!

Not being a back-scratching, ear-tickling kind of Prophet, Micah will  just tell the truth! The whole Truth as God has revealed to him!

Then, surprisingly, Micah uses another "power" word! Translated "might," the Hebrew noun "geburah" means "force," but in a special sense. Its root, "geber," means a "warrior, a hero, a valiant man!" Another close verb, "gabar," means "to prevail," obviously a military term. But "gabar" can have a tinge of irony in it. To act so sure of victory that one almost appears uppity! Nearly arrogant!

Micah might be "rubbing it in" a bit!

He's going to preach God's wrath to this crowd of apostates ... and maybe even enjoy doing it!

No fear here!

Goliath of Gath is once called a "gibbor," using our word here. King James translation, "champion!" What Goliath was to the Philistines in an evil sense, Micah was to the people of Judah in a good sense! Glory to God!

But the purpose of it all is next stated, clearly! "To declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin."

Micah preached to both Jacob, that's "Judah" or the "Southern Kingdom" or the "Two Tribes," and to "Israel," that's "Ephraim," or the "Northern Kingdom" or the "Ten Tribes." A comprehensive Ministry indeed!

See in these two names what was intended of God to be a "progression." I mean this. "Jacob" means, really, a "crook!' A supplanter! One who steals from another, by deceit too! But "Israel" means one who is a "Prince of God!"

Quite a difference between the two!

Starting in bad shape spiritually, the Jews were to become giants in the faith! But they failed, due to sin!

And Micah, gingerly, is pointing to their digression!

Backslidden Israel!

Unfaithful Judah!

Sad!

The verb "to declare" is "nagad," meaning "to front, to stand boldly before, to manifest, to rehearse," and then get this, "to expound!"

An veritable exposition of Israel's and Judah's ungodliness!

"Nagad" is an infinitive here too, revealing on-going action, habitual preaching, non-stop activity!

Then lastly come the two specific words for their wrongdoing, "transgression" and "sin." The first is spelled "pesha" and means "rebellion!" A revolt against Almighty God! The second is "chattaah," that verb "to miss the mark," to fail in achieving one's inheritance! Losing your portion!

What a Verse today!

Thank God for it!

And for the Prophets who preached it!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5, VERSE 9:

This is preaching against sin, but a particular kind of sin! Not just the sins of the common man, but of the leaders of Israel and Judah!

"Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity." Micah 3:9

These people are named, by title anyway, "heads" and "princes." In Hebrew that's "rosh" and "qatzsiyn." The first noun is much more common in the Bible, "rosh," occurring 598 times as compared to only 12 times for qatzsiyn."

These are national leaders!

Politicians!

Maybe even including an occasional governmental bureaucrat!

"Rosh" includes chiefs, captains and rulers. Some teachers think that "rosh" is derived from a verb that means "to shake!"

"Qatzsiyn" also suggests determined if not out-right aggressive leadership! "Qatsah" means "to cut off!" To destroy! To scrape off! Those who "guide" a people socially or judicially or financially! In Proverbs 6:7 the little "ant" has "no guide, overseer, or ruler," yet does very well!

The command "to hear," with which Micah begins this verse, translates "shama," that is, "to hear or listen," but more especially, "to obey!" It is in our Text, of course, an imperative! Micah is not asking for their attention. He is demanding it!

The "pray" part of Micah's sermon is attached to "shama." It looks something like this, "shama-u-na." That added last syllable, the "na," means "to pray or exhort or entreat!"

Then we again have the "Jacob" before "Israel" progression! Jacob, "the crook," to providentially be followed by the Spirit-formed Israel, the "God ruled" man! Spiritual growth is implied. But Israel managed to reverse the process!

Instead of improving, she digressed, backslid!

Then come "abhor" and pervert," in Hebrew "taab" and "aqash," in order. The first means "to hate," but in this sense, "disgusting, sickening, abominably!" The second, "to twist out of shape, to pervert," and, truthfully, "to make crooked!"

Their targets?

"Judgment" and "equity."

One, "judgment," deals with our relationship to God, vertically! The other with our treatment of our fellow man, brothers and sisters, horizontally! "Justice" might be insinuating "courthouse" situations! And "equity" could be hinting at banking or other types of financial deals!

The charges have been read!

But, next verse, they continue!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6, VERSE 10:

I love to learn!

And today, preparing this lesson for publication, I have come across a real "nugget" of truth!

"They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity." Micah 3:10

The subject, the "they" of our verse, identifies the leaders of Israel and Judah, princes and judges and priests and businessmen all, even a few preachers!

But they are sinning against God!

They are "builders" all right, but builders of sin and iniquity and godless generations!

The first word in the Hebrew verse , "banah" means "to build or rebuild," and sometimes just "to pattern or to plan" something.

"Zion," originally meaning a "parched place," in Hebrew "tzsiyyon," identifies the whole land of, specifically, Judah. The Southern Kingdom, the Ten Tribes.

And "Jerusalem," meaning "peace," or more precisely "teaching of peace," is the city proper, the Capital City. It's spelled "yerushalam." Technically the prefix, "yarah," means "to flow as water" or "to rain" or "to throw" or even "to shoot as with an arrow!" It does eventually become the word for teaching, "to teach." And as you already know, "shalom" means "peace and health and prosperity," that type idea.

Such lovely places, with "Zion," once being a parched desert place, had by Micah's time exceedingly prospered and bloomed and flourished! The results of God's blessings!

The noun "blood" is spelled "dam." Here's what I learned. It means "blood," but particularly blood as that which, when shed, causes death! It's a sermon about life ... and death! It comes from a root verb, "damam," that means "to be dumb, to be astonished, to stop," then also "to perish!" The shedding of excessive blood leads ... to death! For example, in Genesis 9:6 the words "whoso sheddeth man's blood" is plainly a euphemism for killing a person! Now, did you know this? The very name "Adam" is derived from "dam," the word for blood! But "Adam," it is said, means "red." Of course it does! Because "blood" is "red" indeed! Very red! Definitively red! Or as we sometimes say, "blood-red!"

To "build up a city with blood" means that it has been established by means of violence and hatred and infighting and, when necessary, murder!

Making money by hurting innocent bystanders!

Heedless victims!

It's like making the medical profession, certain sectors of it, wealthy by murdering unborn babies! That's building a career by blood, for sure!

Remember when Ahab and Jezebel killed the (prime) real estate owner Naboth, rigging a court case against him, inventing false charges, with crooked witnesses and judge, just to take possession of a vineyard? That's building a portfolio by blood!

God takes note of such things!

Judgment is coming!

And Jerusalem is no better! She too is built up with "iniquity." The word is spelled "evel," sometimes "avel," from a verb root meaning "to distort!" Sin is just that, a distortion of God's ways and God's will and God's Word!

Sad commentary today!

But boldly preached by a true Man of God, Micah the Morasthite.

May his tribe increase!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, VERSE 11:

It is blatant hypocrisy!

Double-mindedness James would have called it.

Our dictionary would say they were two-faced.

Downright sinful!

And, according to the Prophet Micah this malady had infected the leaders of Israel and Judah; judges and priests and prophets alike!

Listen to this indictment. "The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us." Micah 3:11

Isaiah, talking about the same crowd, preached: "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men." Isaiah 29:13

And Jesus quoted this in Matthew 15:8. "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me."

That the "heads" are their judges is quit apparent. For a judge, the "head" of the judicial system, to take "reward" is called bribery! In fact, "shachad" in Hebrew is seven times translated "reward" and three times "bribes" in the Bible. Also it is "gift" ten times. Justice so-called can be bought now! That means the wealthy stay out of trouble. But not the poor!

Then the priests, part of whose job is to teach the Word of God, do so for "hire." The Hebrew vocabulary here looks like this: priests translates "kohen," teach equals "yarah," to shoot arrows except this time they are supposed to be shooting barbs of truth! And then the noun hire is English for  "mechiyr," gain or price! Another group of materialists are they, addicted to the love of money!

Then come the prophets! They "divine," basically "to preach" in this context, using the verb "qasam" in Hebrew, which can also mean "soothsaying!" And their goal? Money, "keseph" in Hebrew, the same word as "silver!" Preach whatever pleases the wealthy crowd, the well-to-do!

But at the very same time, while they seek money with such passion, they "lean" on the Lord! The verb is "shaan," meaning "to rest, to rely, to stay!"

Rob and take bribes and fleece the poor all week, but when Sabbath comes be sure you're at worship!

They have actually so perverted their conception of God that He has been reinvented, reimagined in quite an opposite way to His real Person! In other words, they have created God in their own image!

But this is not the God of the Bible!

Still, they are persuaded that God would never bring "harm" on Israel, on His people, on His chosen ones!

Here's what they thought: "Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us."

In Jeremiah's day they treated the Temple as some sort of magical defense system. As long as it stood intact nothing sinister could come their way! Listen to the Weeping Prophet's warning: "Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these." Jeremiah 7:4

The word "among," in Hebrew "qereb," means "in the midst" or just "the inner part" of something! The noun "evil" is "ra," active malignant spreading sinfulness! Badness through and through!

Yet they themselves had become evil! Radically so!

Probably by "evil" they did not mean the classical Biblical definition anyway. They meant more like "harm, catastrophe, discomfort!"

This single verse, verse 11, gives us as good an example of perverted thinking as exists in all the Bible! "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12

Our Lord has a better idea, as always! "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil." Proverbs 3:5-7

God, deliver us from "hirelings!"

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8, VERSE 12:

Really, it was inevitable!

God always judges sin!

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

The cities of Jerusalem and Samaria just had to come to ruin!

Micah, here focusing specially on the southern kingdom, preached it this way: "Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest." Micah 3:12

Zion, the overall country, will be "plowed." This verb, "charash," means "to cut into, to engrave, to scratch." Nothing left standing! See Micah's country background? "Plowed like a field!"

"For you sake" has reference to last verse's judges and priests and prophets! Their sins, collectively, corporately, have brought down a whole nation! Talk about the power and influence of leadership! And God's view of headship!

Jerusalem, the city, will also become "heaps." This little noun, "iy," comes from "avah," meaning "to bend, twist or distort!" They lived a twisted lifestyle, consequently, their city suffered a crooked end! That's irony!

Next, still thinking concentrically, Micah tells us that even the Temple is to be destroyed! "The mountain of the House" is the Temple Mount itself.

The "high places," in Hebrew "bamah," are where the wicked false religions of that day practiced their heresy! Their sensuality! Their orgies!

The "forest" or "yaar" means the "woods" literally! Most every false cult, mimicking I think the Garden of Eden with its Tree of Life and its Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, sought to be constructed near some "special" tree. Thus they worshipped, if you can call it that, in the hills with plenty of woods all around. Nature! Gods and goddesses! They've gone "green!" Politically correct environmentalists! Tree huggers!

See what God is implying? They have changed the glory of God's House into the shame of heathen religion!

God deliver us!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

WHAT A PREACHER MICAH WAS! LET'S THANK GOD FOR HIM! AND PRAY MORE OF HIS KIND INTO THE HARVEST! WE NEED MEN WHO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD JUST AS IT IS WRITTEN!

 

 

 

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