I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob;
I will collect the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep
In a pen,
Like flock in the middle of it’s fold.
It will be noisy with people (HCSB)
In the midst of a chaotic world, and among those suffering God’s judgement, are His, those who remain in communion (with Him), and keep His statutes. God’s plan of reconciliation is met with the vilest humanism, and contempt for His authority Lawlessness, idolatry, paganism, and contentious spirits, it is easier said than done to live in the world and not be of it
This culture was not isolated to one tribe but spread throughout Israel like cancer with no discernment for who it infects. (2:1) Woe to those who dream up wickedness and prepare evil plans on their beds. At morning light they accomplish it because if the power at their hands, (Hosea 7:6) For they-Their hearts like an oven-draw him into their oven.
Look around! This is the state of our human condition, the world we live in – Shootings, racial unrest, religious persecution, and conflicts, the whole ball of wax. Sadly, this is what we’ve accepted to be the norm, business as usual
(Micah 7:3) Both hands are good at accomplishing evil: The official and the judge demand a bribe; when the powerful man communicates his evil desire, to plot it together Before you know it, we’ve become magnets to that culture
Some of us have abandoned our faith only to find emptiness after giving into the allure, the greener grass of depravity
(7:1) How sad for me!
For I am like one who-
when the summer fruit
Has been gathered
after the gleaning of the grape
Finds no grape cluster to eat
No early fig which I crave.
Though, Micah 7:8 tells us, those who love God and keep His covenant have the promise of God’s provision and faithfulness of restoration
Who is a God like you,
removing iniquity and passing
over rebellion for the remnant of His inheritance?
He does not hold onto His anger forever,
because He delights in love
That He will come back and claim them
7:14 Shepherd your people with Your staff, the flock that is Your possession. They love alone in the woodland surrounded by pastures. Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in ancient times