“The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, which he prophesied concerning Samaria and Jerusalem (Micah 1:1).” With that intro, we launch into a new saga of the prophets. Micah’s task seems to be, like many of the others, conveying God’s displeasure with the people and predicting punishment and doom.
“Hear, all you peoples; hearken, O land and the fullness thereof, and let the Lord God be a witness against you; the Lord from His Holy Temple (Micah 1:2).” Imagining the very concept of God as a witness against humans is terrifying, because, as I’ve written before, He is able to see straight through to the core of our souls. All of our secrets, the things we hide from others, and even from ourselves, are exposed. We’re stripped of all of our baggage and personal armor that shields are vulnerability, and to have another see that, and be able to use it against us, is overwhelming.