In the Old Testament Scriptures are found the writings of the prophet Micah.  Though he lived in Judah, he was one of God’s servants to the nation of Israel [Northern kingdom] prior to her captivity.  His prophecies were profound in that he not only exposed the present injustice and idolatry of the people, but he proclaimed the birth of the One who would ultimately offer salvation to all mankind through His death, burial and resurrection.  Remember that it was Micah who identified the exact city in which the humanity of Christ would be born … "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah,  out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." (Mic 5:2 NIV).  It was also this prophet who described the criteria for ruling over men … “He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Mic 6:8).  Yet the message of Micah was ignored and the people continued in their evil practices.  “Am I still to forget, O wicked house, your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed?  Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales with a bag of false weights?  Her rich men are violent; her people are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully” (Mic 6:10-12). What Micah described is not very different from today.  In the book of Job we read … “Men move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen. They drive away the orphan's donkey and take the widow's ox in pledge. They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding” (Job 24:2-4). The dishonesty in business and politics described by Job are occurring today in our nation.  Some openly state that no punishment will come to them though they have violated the law or used technicalities in the interpretation of law to weasel themselves out of prosecution. Bribery appears to be the order of the day when seeking power.  God does not overlook such situations, individuals or actions. Micah gives the Divine results of ignoring the command to act justly, to love mercy and walk humbly.  “Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins. You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword. You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine” (Mic 6:13-15). Described is God’s judgment as seen in a faltering economy and the increased arrogance of leadership who flaunt their wickedness under a cloak of deceit and lies that are repeated so often, that the uninformed or apathetic citizens accept the barrage of verbiage as truth and merrily continue in their pursuit of pleasure, though in reality, they are on their way to ruin.  God’s Word remains true … “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of his fury will be destroyed” (Prov 22:8). The Apostle Paul wrote … “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction” (Gal 6:7-8).    Solomon said … “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice” (Prov 16:8 ).  “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor” (Prov 21:21). God blesses the people in a nation and its leadership if they demonstrate those traits.  But when those are missing, injustice and arrogance rise to the forefront and the justice of God has to respond in judgment. 

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