Micah 2:10 KJV
Arise ye, and depart;
for this is not your rest:
because it is polluted,
it shall destroy you,
even with a sore destruction.
Get up and go away! You cannot remain in this place because you have made it bad. It is so bad that it will completely destroy you.
Arise ye, and depart
Not an exhortation to the children of God to depart out of an ungodly world, as it is often applied; though that sentiment is a scriptural one.
This world is doubtless not our “rest,” being “polluted” with sin: it is our passage, not our portion; our aim, not our home (2 Corinthians 6:17, Hebrews 13:14).
The imperatives express the certainty of the future event predicted.
Since such are your doings (compare Micah 2:7,8), My sentence on you is irrevocable (Micah 2:4,5), however distasteful to you (Micah 2:6); ye who have cast out others from their homes and possessions (Micah 2:2,8,9 ) must arise, depart, and be cast out of your own (Micah 2:4,5):
For this is not your rest (Numbers 10:33, Deuteronomy 12:9, Psalms 95:11).
Canaan was designed to be a rest to them after their wilderness fatigues. But it is to be so no longer. Thus God refutes the people’s self-confidence, as if God were bound to them inseparably.
The promise (Psalms 132:14) is quite consistent with temporary withdrawal of God from Israel for their sins.
It shall destroy you
The land shall spew you out, because of the defilements wherewith ye “polluted” it (Leviticus 18:25,28, Jeremiah 3:2, Ezekiel 36:12-14).
Sometimes the Bible is not easy to understand, but one thing is clear God’s Word does the sincere good, but the people of God act like they are His enemy!
Yet the Lord will have mercy on them and take charge of them.
Then suddenly the text of today: “This is not your rest” …
So we have to move on!
Jerusalem will not be your safeguard, but rather the cause of your destruction.
Through newspapers, radio and television we hear and see what has happened in the past period; what the past days have brought us … restrictions on freedoms, perhaps illness, often the negative events are reminiscent of us.
Maybe it’s good to think about what it didn’t bring us. You are still here, so you survived it all!
Also, if you read the above verse, it has not brought us the rest that Christians expect. We have to go even further, through history, into the future. We cannot get stuck in the present!
The present is still in the context of enmity; still there is not the rest that remains for the people of God! We are still on the way!
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