Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Micah Chapter 3
Metaphysically Interpreting Micah 3:1-12
3:1And I said,
Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob,
and rulers of the house of Israel:
is it not for you to know justice?
3:2ye who hate the good, and love the evil;
who pluck off their skin from off them,
and their flesh from off their bones;
3:3who also eat the flesh of my people,
and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones,
and chop them in pieces, as for the pot,
and as flesh within the caldron.
3:4Then shall they cry unto Jehovah,
but he will not answer them;
yea, he will hide his face from them at that time,
according as they have wrought evil in their doings.
3:5Thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets
that make my people to err; that bite with their teeth,
and cry, Peace;
and whoso putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him:
3:6Therefore it shall be night unto you, that ye shall have no vision;
and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down upon the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them.
3:7And the seers shall be put to shame,
and the diviners confounded;
yea, they shall all cover their lips;
for there is no answer of God.
3:8But as for me,I am full of power
by the Spirit of Jehovah,
and of judgment, and of might,
to declare unto Jacob his transgression,
and to Israel his sin.
3:9Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob,
and rulers of the house of Israel,
that abhor justice,
and pervert all equity.
3:10They build up Zion with blood,
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
3:11The heads thereof judge for reward,
and the priests thereof teach for hire,
and the prophets thereof divine for money:
yet they lean upon Jehovah, and say,
Is not Jehovah in the midst of us?
no evil shall come upon us.
3:12Therefore shall Zion for your sake
be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps,
and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
September 17, 1939: Micah 3:1-12
Why are rulers and person in authority presumed to know justice? Because they command others, those in authority are presumed to know what is just and right and to be able to subordinate personal interest to impersonal principle and judgment.
What reaction does the wrongdoer experience? The evildoer by his acts shuts himself off from consciousness of God, thereby making the intuitive perception and recognition of Truth impossible to him.
Is the deceitful person and the one who gains his ends by force incurring a penalty under divine law? The penalty incurred by one of this nature is spiritual blindness, the reaction from deceit and cruel tyranny.
What is the source of spiritual vision? The I AM is the active source of spiritual vision and understanding. He who is directed by the Christ clarifies his inner sight and gives himself power to see what is just and right.
“I am full of power by the Spirit of Jehovah, and of judgment, and of might.” To what purpose is such an affirmation made? This enabling statement empowers man to do what he purposes in his heart to do. In Micah’s case authority to point out the shortcomings and injustice of the rulers, and bring their sin home to them was realized through this affirmation.
Can one claim divine power for unworthy ends, leaning on Jehovah in order to gratify selfish desires? Such hypocrisy and self-deception is possible, but the ultimate reaction from it is drastic and far-reaching.
May 21, 1950: Micah 3:5-12
What is the penalty of insincerity? Loss of spiritual vision and understanding. “The sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them.” The prophets here represent the intuitive perception of Truth, which through insincerity becomes dulled to the degree that it no longer functions.
The prophets are said to “bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace.” What is the meaning of these words? They fittingly describe a nation’s aspiration for world peace through military preparedness. Such a nation has the idea of becoming so strong that no other nation will dare attack it; that is, it has the idea of ruling by might and by instilling fear in other nations rather than by teaching and demonstrating the truth against which the sword cannot prevail.
What affirmation gives us the power to express our true self? “I am full of power by the Spirit of Jehovah, and of judgement, and of might.” This is the true affirmation of the I AM.
Can love of material gain be harmonized with love of God? No. The two are opposites, and no one can harbor or express both without hypocrisy or self-deception.
To what does hypocrisy in spiritual matters lead? To a cataclysm or complete upheaval of a person’s nature. “Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps.” The inner life suffers destructive consequences from the unleashing of such opposing forces.
Transcribed by Tracie Louise on 12-01-2013