Michaes (Micah) Chapter 3: God’s wrath on unworthy shepherds November 17, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Bible, catachesis, different religion, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Papa, reading, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
The prophet Michaes, or Micah, was a contemporary of the great prophet Ezekias (Ezekiel). Both of these men lived in a time of general Jewish apostasy, an apostasy that was punished by God with the fall of the Kingdom of Judah, the sacking of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Temple, and the Babylonian exile. This is what God allows to happen when His people, and especially His priests, become unfaithful. There was great unfaithfulness in the time of Michaes, especially serial fornication, even fornication within the Temple itself, adoption of pagan beliefs and practices including the sacrifice of infants to the demon Moloch, excessive greed and lust for material comfort, and rejection of the plain command of God as revealed through Scripture and prophets.
Michaes Chapter 3 is a specific warning to the priests and Levites as to what was to befall them for their heretical unfaithfulness:
1 And I said: Hear, O ye princes of Jacob, and ye chiefs of the house of Israel: Is it not your part to know judgment,
2 You that hate good, and love evil: that violently pluck off their skins from them, and their flesh from their bones?
3 Who have eaten the flesh of my people, and have flayed their skin from off them: and have broken, and chopped their bones as for the kettle, and as flesh in the midst of the pot. [This was said in response to decades of abdication of duty on the part of the priestly caste, who failed to call the people back to the truth faith and far too often fell into error and grave immorality themselves]
4 Then shall they cry to the Lord, and he will not hear them: and he will hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved wickedly in their devices. [They shall do this once the chastisement begins in earnest, in this case, when the Assyrians had 200,000 troops ringed around Jerusalem]
5 Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err: that bite with their teeth, and preach peace: and if a man give not something into their mouth, they prepare war against him. [Those few who remain faithful were despised for so doing, and were the subject of vicious attacks from those who had fallen into sin and error]
6 Therefore night shall be to you instead of vision, and darkness to you instead of divination: and the sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be darkened over them.
7 And they shall be confounded that see visions, and the diviners shall be confounded: and they shall all cover their faces, because there is no answer of God.
8 But yet I am filled with the strength of the spirit of the Lord, with judgment and power: to declare unto Jacob his wickedness, and to Israel his sin. [The faithful prophet persisted in spite of all persecution and opposition]
9 Hear this, ye princes of the house of Jacob, and ye judges of the house of Israel: you that abhor judgment, and pervert all that is right.
10 You that build up Sion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 *Her princes have judged for bribes: and her priests have taught for hire, and her prophets divined for money: and they leaned upon the Lord, saying: Is not the Lord in the midst of us? no evil shall come upon us. [They’ve been condemned. Now come the consequences]
12 Therefore, because of you, *Sion shall be ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem shall be as a heap of stones, and the mountain of the temple as the high places of the forests.
I’ve written about Old Testament types of the New. It is always a bit dodgy reading too much into particular bits of Scripture, but given the chastisements of the church of the old covenant and the parallels with the present crisis in the Church, there is certainly grounds for concern. This isn’t to say the world is about to end. But I don’t think it takes any special knowledge of prophesy to forecast that the Church as a whole has some very dark days ahead, and the leadership, for its role in the crisis, could be coming to an account with God.
Or not. Either way, we do need to pray for our Church leaders, no matter how they may disappoint us. It is our duty. I like some of the intentions for Church leadership I’ve heard from readers, praying for their faithfulness and fidelity to Church belief. Those are very good starting points.