Micah 1** Micah was raised up to support Isaiah, and to confirm hispredictions, while he invited to repentance, both by threatenedjudgments and promised mercies. A very remarkable passage, #Mic5| contains a summary of prophecies concerning the Messiah. * The wrath of God against Israel. (1-7) Also against Jerusalemand other cities, Their precautions vain. (8-16)1-7 The earth is called upon, with all that are therein, tohear the prophet. God's holy temple will not protect falseprofessors. Neither men of high degree, as the mountains, normen of low degree, as the valleys, can secure themselves or theland from the judgments of God. If sin be found in God's peoplehe will not spare them; and their sins are most provoking tohim, for they are most reproaching. When we feel the smart ofsin, it behoves us to seek what is the sin we smart for. Personsand places most exalted, are most exposed to spiritual diseases.The vices of leaders and rulers shall be surely and sorelypunished. The punishment answers the sin. What they gave toidols, never shall prosper, nor do them any good. What is got byone lust, is wasted on another. 8-16 The prophet laments that Israel's case is desperate; butdeclare it not in Gath. Gratify not those that make merry withthe sins or with the sorrows of God's Israel. Roll thyself inthe dust, as mourners used to do; let every house in Jerusalembecome a house of Aphrah, "a house of dust." When God makes thehouse dust it becomes us to humble ourselves to the dust underhis mighty hand. Many places should share this mourning. Thenames have meanings which pointed out the miseries coming uponthem; thereby to awaken the people to a holy fear of Divinewrath. All refuges but Christ, must be refuges of lies to thosewho trust in them; other heirs will succeed to every inheritancebut that of heaven; and all glory will be turned into shame,except that honour which cometh from God only. Sinners may nowdisregard their neighbours' sufferings, yet their turn to bepunished will some come.
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