M I C A H.
What the apostle says of another of the prophets
is true of this, who was also his contemporary—"Esaias is very
bold," Rom. x. 20. So, in
this chapter, Micah is very bold in reproving and threatening the
great men that were the ringleaders in sin; and he gives the reason
(ver. 8) why he was so bold,
because he had commission and instruction from God to say what he
said, and was carried out in it by a higher spirit and power than
his own. Magistracy and ministry are two great ordinances of God,
for good to his church, but these were both corrupted and the
intentions of them perverted; and upon those that abused them, and
so abused the church with them, the prophet is very severe, and
justly so. I. He gives them their lesson severally, reproving and
threatening princes (ver.
1-4) and false flattering prophets, ver. 5-7. II. He gives them their lesson
jointly, putting them together, as acting in conjunction for the
ruin of the kingdom, which they should see the ruins of, ver. 9-12.