"Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked. . . . For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem" (Micah 1:8-9).
Listen to Micah's lament: "Evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem. . . . For the transgressions of Israel were found in thee" (Micah 1:12-13).
Micah saw an incurable disease among God's people and an inescapable judgment. Look at what God calls rebellion and see the cause of His controversy with them:
- A new scheme of covetousness concocted by mercenary servants of God, having to do with money, property, success.
- An emphasis on self: "Woe to those that devise iniquity . . . because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields . . . and houses, and take them away: so they oppress [my people]" (Micah 2:1-2).
- Rejection of the prophet's warnings and telling the people that judgment preaching is not of God, that it is contrary to His character! "Prophesy ye not . . . Is the Spirit of the Lord [impatient]?” (Micah 2:6-7).
But listen to Micah's answer! "Say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame” (Micah 2:6). In other words, if this message is not preached, the reproach of this place will never be turned back. "Do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?" (Micah 2:7).