READ : Micah 7:1-7
The best of them is like a brier. (v. 4)
The famous Rob Reiner film A Few Good Men looks at the Marine Corps in the same search
for integrity that Micah describes here. In the film, it’s the notorious Colonel Jessup
who has forgotten that he himself is a man under orders, accountable to a country of law
and justice. A Navy lawyer works to expose Jessup’s dark world of military cover-up and
shine the light of truth.
Micah paints a similar picture of Jerusalem in moral and spiritual darkness. Who can
lead the people? The courts are lost to bribe (v. 3). The godly and upright have
disappeared (v. 2). The leaders have taken to claiming that righteousness is whatever they
say it is. To Micah, the people are as sweet as a rotten onion, as reliable as a broken
ladder, and as friendly as a brier stuck in the back of your pants.
Even family relationships are broken. You can’t trust friends or neighbors or even your
own spouse (v. 5). Kids have turned against parents, and your family is your own worst
enemy (v. 6). This scene is complete family breakdown, with no easy sitcom ending.
Yet there is hope. “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of
my salvation. My God will hear me” (v. 3).
Lord, help us and save us.