Micah 7:1 “…like those who gather summer fruits…who glean vintage grapes…”
All the really good stuff is gone. Difficult to find what you want. Today would be like one who arrives late at a sale, everything’s been picked over.
2 “The faithful man has perished from the earth…”
Just like the fruit. Trying to find a faithful man is like gathering summer fruit, hard pickings. The state of his countrymen.
3 “…do evil with both hands…”
Not in half measure, into it full force.
3 “…prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a bribe, And the great man utters his evil desire”
Thought it was listing all those who were corrupt, their particular actions. But commentary brought out the relationship. Prince and judge let it be known they can be bought, so the man of means lets them know what he wants them to do. Got a system going to benefit themselves at the expense of others.
5 “…From her who lies in your bosom”
Pillow talk. Many men have been undone by sharing secrets with women they slept with. Which is why women made such good spies during WWII, especially in France.
5-7 Description of the general state of things. No one can be trusted, not even the closest family relationships. Therefore, one can only look to God.
8 “…When I fall, I will arise…”
God will bring Israel back. She may be going into captivity for a time, but God will restore her in His time. For that time and when Messiah comes to reign.
13 “Yet the land shall be desolate…”
Reminder to those who return what sent them into captivity in the first place. God will restore, but they should not forget why they had to go. Sad story. My Bible teacher once mentioned that after the Babylonian captivity, the Israelites never had a problem with idols and false gods. However, they substituted religion and meaningless repetition for the idols. By the time Jesus arrived, their devotion was only on the surface. Jesus described them very well. Made themselves look very pious and religious, but were like white-washed tombs.
19 “…You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.”
God’s restoration won’t be just a physical return to the land. He will forgive and restore the hearts and souls of the people. Picture of losing something in such a way that it can’t be found again. That which was lost in the sea was not recoverable. Same can be said today even though technology can help in some cases. So God will do with our sins. They are cast into the deepest part of the sea, never to be seen again. As far as the east is from the west.
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.