Micah 2:1 KJV
Woe to them that devise iniquity,
and work evil upon their beds!
when the morning is light,
they practice it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
Micah continues: People who prepare to do bad things should be afraid. God will do bad things to them! While they lie in bed, they think about bad things to do. Then, when the morning comes, as soon as they rise, they execute their wicked devices of the night, and according to their ability hurt others. They have the authority to do whatever they want to do.
A good start is half the work, is a good saying
A good start of the day means to start with God.
We wake up with praise.
Micah says that in Judah there are people who are awakening very differently.
The first thing they think of is iniquity.
They are planning how to rob fields and houses from the poor.
And they do this out of pure arrogance: “because it is in the power of their hand.”
Devise iniquity … work evil … practise it
They do evil, not on a sudden impulse, but with deliberate design.
▪︎ Devise is the conception of the evil purpose;
▪︎ Work ( Psalms 58:2 ), or fabricate is the maturing of the scheme;
▪︎ Practise, or effect is the execution of it.
Micah is right here, to wrath against the injustice of the wealthy among the people. But it aren’t just his words. It are the words of God! He draws them as people, hatching all sorts of evil at night on their beds and as soon as daylight comes to start performing them.
We will have to think about this in particular:
▪︎ all kinds of deception, which they unlawfully enrich themselves with,
▪︎ injustice, which is already thought about while they are still in bed,
▪︎ and evil that they hatch to harm the world and their fellow human beings.
Also think of the cunning deceptions and lies that governments used to take people’s liberty and unlawfully plunge them (against the rules of the constitution) into poverty by taking away their businesses and jobs, while now they are hatching even more harm through mandatory vaccination, chip implantation, etc.
because it is in the power of their hand
For the phrase see Genesis 31:29, and Proverbs 3:27.
Might, not right, is what regulates their conduct.
Where they can, they commit oppression;
where they do not, it is because they cannot.
- Woe to us if trickery and deception also fills our hearts.
- Woe to us when we hatch plans that bring us financial benefit, but cannot pass the test of God’s Word.
- Woe to us, if we look for ways in which we can push through our plans in society and in the church, and not take it so seriously with sincerity and love.
Know this: God’s judgment is not only about what you do, but also what is deep in your heart.
The Bible clearly admonishes us.
Colossians 3:2 NASB
Set your mind on the things above,
not on the things that are on earth.
Remember the things above where the Christ is.
If He fills our hearts, we become an enemy of all iniquity, and love justice and righteousness.
It is clear that this is the contrast between the rich and the poor, between those in power and debtors.
When you live as in the text we read today, let it be clear to you that you are starting the days in a bad way.
It is barely light when you are already living in the dark.
And yet there remains a light source that always gives light.
The God of Israel is the God of justice. He was, in the days of Micah, but He is now too!
He has seen the injustice. He has seen the poor and the impotent go defenseless. He saw it in those days, in the days of Micah, but He also sees it now!
The rich, and the governments have congratulated themselves on their cleverness.
But God raises a mourning about them:
Because of your fraudulent and violent practices. Woe unto you…!
▪︎ you rich, who are now still partying,
▪︎ you governments, that still think they have done very well,
▪︎ you, who think you can do it all yourselves,
▪︎ you, who think that you don’t need God,
You will soon mourn when you are confronted with the consequences of your follies.
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