‘But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.’ (Micah 3v8).To understand the context for this visceral response from Micah, we have to understand how Jacob and Israel have fallen far short of the standards of God. The chapter begins with
“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of Israel.
Should you not embrace justice,
2 you who hate good and love evil;
In fact, we learn in what follows, that the duplicity of Israel’s leaders and rulers is also echoed in the behaviour and compliance of the people they rule over who also refuse to change and are being crushed by this situation. Not only that, prophets who should have been speaking the truth were receiving payment for favourable oracles to those in the administration. What is God’s response? To choose Micah as a vessel. To choose one who is willing, receptive and open to being directed by the Holy Spirit to tell it as it is!. Directed and enabled by the Holy Spirit, Micah calls out the rulers and leaders for their rejection of God in favour of greed and evil, challenging them as to who and what they have become.
Unlike most prophets who were often rejected and killed, it appears Micah had a long ministry spanning several decades. A legacy to a man directed by God’s Spirit and fearless in speaking the truth.