Micah 1 begins the prophecy of Micah. We learn first thing that he is connected with God. “The word of the Lord that came to Micah”. He was on a direct connect plan with the Lord. God was obviously speaking to Micah, and he was listening. That really is one of the key attributes of God’s prophets and priests – they paid attention. They listened to God, and were seeking His truth. They did not let God’s word fall on the earth but captured it with their ears and hearts so they could share it with the people they were to serve.
Micah addresses “you people, all of you; pay attention”. Obviously the people of that day were oblivious toward God. They weren’t listening, they paid no attention, and they were just doing their own thing. How true that is for many of us today as well. We get wrapped up in our own little world and put self as the attention focus, and we just ignore or forget or even intentionally disregard what God is saying or has said to us already in His Word. We don’t want to hear from God unless we are in trouble. So we pay no attention, just like those Micah was speaking to.
Was the message important? You bet it was. Micah was warning them that God was coming to clean things up. “The Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth”. God was coming out of His place to address the people and deal with them. Why? “All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel”. Sin, that’s why. Because the people were living their lives in absolute neglect of God’s commandments and His word to them. They were living in la-la land and God was coming down to jar them out of that complacency.
The visit wasn’t going to go well. In fact, disaster was coming as the Lord came down. There would be death and loss of everything. Their transgressions were causing God to take action. Sin does that. God can’t ignore it. Not then. Not now. Micah tells the people “Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair….make yourselves as bald as the eagle”. People in these times shaved their heads when they were in distress, often at the death of someone close. That is what was coming – and all because of self getting in the way and causing sin. God is coming to punish their sin.