Assembly of Yahweh
Chapter Two provides a detailed explanation of the wrongs that led to ruin. Micah tells us about the premeditated plotting and planning and coveting land. This is followed by the plotting and planning of Yahweh against the oppressors. The judgment fits the crimes. Thus those who have seized land will suffer the expropriation of their ill-gotten land when the “assembly of Yahweh” meets to allot land. It is unlikely that Micah is describing an ancient historical practice of periodically reallocating land. This describes an eschatological reversal. It was the kind of eschatological reversal anticipated by Luke.
It has been suggested that it is unlikely that the rich would be busy seizing land when the invasion is imminent. Jeremiah 32:6-15 is cited to demonstrate that such conduct was considered foolish. Initially, it should be noted that the false prophets were bolding asserting that no harm would come to
Hezekiah is one of three kings in the Bible, not described as wicked. The account of this king in the Hebrew Bible is contained in 2 Kings 18-20, Isaiah 36-39, and 2 Chronicles 29-32. He introduced religious reform, reinstated religious traditions and abolished idolatry from his kingdom. It is believed that the religious reforms of Hezekiah were provoked by the words of the Prophet Micah.
Hezekiah refused to pay the tribute imposed upon his father. This led to the invasion of
In my last blog, I noted “What is generally not known nor mentioned by the Micah commentaries is that in the accounts of his campaigns, Sennacherib mentioned how Hezekiah captured the cities of the coastal plains controlled by the Philistines and held their king a captive in Jerusalem.”
2nd Kings and 2nd Chronicles does report that Hezekiah was successful in his wars against the Philistines driving them back in a series of battles as far as
Broshi has written about expansion of
The preparation of Hezekiah began when the King decided to stop paying tribute. The preparations set forth in the preceding paragraphs did not occur overnight. This time period of extensive preparation, during which the invasion was imminent, probably lasted more than four years. It is my opinion that Micah in his violent verbal assault of the rich people coveting and seizing land was in fact, inter alia, critiquing the King’s border policy that forced relocation of small poor family farmers and allowed the rich people to seize the vacated land so that it could be used for surplus farming.
The woe speech contained in the second chapter was designed to convince the audience that the exile of the northern kingdom of