My attention has been drawn repeatedly to this section over the last few days.
The prophet describes a time of great corruption, struggle and distrust. Leaders and priests are all about self. Families have no unity. Followers of holiness are surrounded by scoffers, and persecuted. God seems very far away and even the faithful have to acknowledge that their sufferings are deserved.
But then comes a word of great hope:
16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Certainly today’s newspapers tell us that we measure up to Micah’s assessment. Will we see soon the bankrupting of our political, health, diplomatic and economic systems? Confidence is at an alarming low. Ukraine. Iraq. Gaza. West Africa. Syria. Egypt.
And where will God’s people be then?
14. Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.