Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,
making you desolate because of your sins.
You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
and there shall be hunger within you;
you shall put away, but not preserve,
and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
You shall sow, but not reap;
you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
For you have kept the statutes of Omri,
and all the works of the house of Ahab;
and you have walked in their counsels,
that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing;
so you shall bear the scorn of my people.”
Comment: The beginning of this passage clearly indicates that God is the One bringing judgement on the people to whom Micah is delivering his message. Then it sounds as if there will be poor harvests, hunger, starvation – all the results of failure of the rains and maybe attacks with pestilences like locusts or mice plagues. ‘Natural’ events but under the control of God. Finally we read the cause of it all. They had followed Omri and Ahab (father and son) who had been kings in Samaria. Both had led people away from the following of Jehovah and into foul religious practices. God does not just stand aside and allow evil to rule the people called by His Name. This may be something to cause modern men to consider what God thinks of the way we are turning aside from Him. Maybe God is still in charge of the ‘natural’ happenings of today and not the weather bureau!
Prayer: Help me with my inner ears to hear Your voice in Prophecy and History, and to act as You would have me live.