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Day 3 - Judgement on the rulers and priests

The oppression by the rulers and the powerful



Micah 3:1-12

Leaders and Prophets Rebuked

Then I said,

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of Israel.
Should you not embrace justice,
you who hate good and love evil;
who tear the skin from my people
and the flesh from their bones;
who eat my people’s flesh,
strip off their skin
and break their bones in pieces;
who chop them up like meat for the pan,
like flesh for the pot?”

Then they will cry out to the Lord,
but he will not answer them.
At that time he will hide his face from them
because of the evil they have done.

This is what the Lord says:

“As for the prophets
who lead my people astray,
they proclaim ‘peace’
if they have something to eat,
but prepare to wage war against anyone
who refuses to feed them.
Therefore night will come over you, without visions,
and darkness, without divination.
The sun will set for the prophets,
and the day will go dark for them.
The seers will be ashamed
and the diviners disgraced.
They will all cover their faces
because there is no answer from God.”
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.

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
you rulers of Israel,
who despise justice
and distort all that is right;
10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
and Jerusalem with wickedness.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,
her priests teach for a price,
and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,
“Is not the Lord among us?
No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you,
Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.


1.  What was wrong with the message of the false prophets in v5?

2.  How does Micah contrast his message with that of the false prophets in v8?

3.  Do we see this issue today in the church or in our lives - where we turn a blind eye to wrongdoing and proclaim God’s blessing on things God wouldn’t bless?

Read Micah 3:9-12

1.  What kind of behaviour does Micah criticize in these verses?

2.  Why did the people think that they would not be judged for their behaviour (v10)?

3.  Do we see people like this today - so confident before God, yet so terribly wrong (see also Matt 7:21-23)? Can we be confident of our standing with God?

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