Micah 1:1–7 (NKJV)
1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, and prophecied to Israel and Judah of the judgment and eventual restoration of both.
2 Hear, all you peoples!
Listen, O earth, and all that is in it!
Let the Lord God be a witness against you,
The Lord from His holy temple.
3 For behold, the Lord is coming out of His place;
He will come down
And tread on the high places of the earth.
4 The mountains will melt under Him,
And the valleys will split
Like wax before the fire,
Like waters poured down a steep place.
The judgment prophecied by Micah is from a holy and just God (v. 2), and is performed directly by Him (v. 3). His powerful presence will melt the mountains like wax before a flame. His awesome presence will cause everything to fade away before Him (v. 4)
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob
And for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
Are they not Jerusalem?
6 “Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of ruins in the field,
Places for planting a vineyard;
I will pour down her stones into the valley,
And I will uncover her foundations.
7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
And all her pay as a harlot shall be burned with the fire;
All her idols I will lay desolate,
For she gathered it from the pay of a harlot,
And they shall return to the pay of a harlot.”
The Lord names the sins of Israel and Judah. They have committed idolatry and set up high places to false gods even in the holy city of Jerusalem (v. 5). The reaction of God will be to raze the very region of Samaria, making it like a field to be plowed and planted (v. 6). He will make sure that every idol is beaten into pieces, never to be worshipped again. His people’s idolatry–spiritual adultery–will be ended (v. 7).
This powerful statement of judgment serves to put Israel and Judah on notice of things to come. Their sinful practices are bringing the discipline of the Father to bear on their land. The purpose here, though, is not just to punish, but to prepare Israel for the revival and restoration that will come. Ridding the nation of their idols makes room for true Yahwistic worship to return to their hearts and lives. If God takes an idol from one’s life, He does it not just to punish, but to make room for Himself again. Won’t you destroy idols from your life in order to make room for God? This will be the greatest thing of all, for you may spare yourself the violent cleansing of the fire of God and make room for Him willingly.