It’s no secret that at this point in Israel’s history they are on the brink of exile. After years of rebellion against the Lord, both Judah and Israel are about to be spit out of the mouth of God. Micah gives us a clear reason for how God’s own chosen nation could fall so far from His grace. Micah 3:9-12 says:
9 Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel,
who detest justice
and make crooked all that is straight,
10 who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money;
yet they lean on the Lord and say,
“Is not the Lord in the midst of us?
No disaster shall come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you
Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
As the leaders go, so goes the nation. Israel’s prophets and priests, Judah’s kings, they all turned the hearts of the people away from the Lord, and the whole nation will suffer for their lack of leadership.
This should be a reminder for church leaders of how much humility is required to lead well, and it should be a reminder of church members of how much their leaders need prayer.
We all have the potential to become like the nation of Israel, full of rebellion and worshiping idols. Let us turn our eyes to Christ, for He is the only one who can keep us from falling.