Micah 3 has the prophet wailing against the princes and prophets who were leading the people of Israel astray. Micah has been talking to all God’s people prior to this chapter, but now he puts the leaders right in his sights. Leaders have a special responsibility and accountability in God’s eyes. They are held to a different standard. And God wants them to understand what’s coming because of their leadership – bad as it was. “Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray….it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination”.
Let’s face it – a prophet without any vision or any word from God is pretty much out of business. However these false prophets haven’t been listening or following God’s leading anyway. They have been pretenders for the most part, and Micah is calling them out. “The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them….for there is no answer from God”. God is going to reveal their false and lying ways to His people. They will be in complete confusion and fall into disrepute. No more playing prophet for these guys.
Micah knows he is different. “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 and to Israel his sin”. He knew that his power was not his own, but from the Spirit of the Lord. God was equipping him as a prophet – it wasn’t anything he was doing in his own strength. The same is true for us today. Without the Holy Spirit in our lives, we’re just treading water and peddling on our own without getting anywhere. God is our source of truth and strength.
Micah gets detailed about why the leaders of the day were off course: “Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money”. These leaders were corrupt and only concerned about using their power and position for their own good. God’s not going to let this slide. He holds leaders to a higher standard. Micah was effective in what he shared. He makes clear what is to come if some repentance and change didn’t happen. “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”. The picture of the future was clear without some significant repentance and change of the leadership.