Thursday

12 June 2014

“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 and to Israel his sin.” (v. 8)


Background

Very little is known about the Micah apart the book itself which reveals that the prophet comes from Moresheth in southern Judah, during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezediah, which dates him to around 750-700BC (Micah 1:1). He is also mentioned in passing in Jeremiah 26:18.

It was a time of relative peace and prosperity, although the region was coming under pressure from the nearby Assyrian empire. Peace and prosperity brought its own problems, though, with the opportunity for corruption, complacency and misuse of power.

Against this Micah attacks unjust leaders, defends the rights of the poor and advocates social justice.

In today's passage he condemns the rulers of Israel for their lack of justice. Micah pulls no punches with graphic language (verses 2-3), and ends by saying God has no time for them (verse 4).

And even the prophets are no better (verses 5-7).

But Micah is different as the final verse makes clear.

The significant part of this passage is that the "spirit of the Lord" is linked "with justice and might". It is not spirit without purpose, but Spirit with intent. And that is something we ignore at our peril.


To Ponder

  • Micah links the spirit of the Lord with justice and might. With what do you link the Holy Spirit?
  • Where do you see God's Spirit of justice and might at work today?


Bible notes author:  Ken Kingston

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