The scattered nation of Israel suffers for listening to its corrupt leaders.
Shalom, and happy morning to you. Throughout the entire existence of Israel, leaders have risen up, some to lead the people, others to teach them, and still others to warn them. But over time, it was not Yah who rose up the leaders; men acquired power and lofty positions in Israel through other means. But these men were not sent by Yah. Then, as now, the people looked to them for guidance, believing their words as though it flowed from heaven.
Little has changed since those ancient times. Many of the men among the true people of Israel today have raised themselves up in the eyes of the people. But all they seek is money. In ancient times, men with this kind of heart were the root cause of Israel’s destruction. During the reign of Hezekiah, Yah rose up the prophet Micah to proclaim these words:
9 Listen to me, you leaders of Israel! You hate justice and twist all that is right. 10 You are building Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption. 11 You rulers make decisions based on bribes; you priests teach Elohim’s laws only for a price; you prophets won’t prophesy unless you are paid. Yet all of you claim to depend on Yah. No harm can come to us, you say, for Yah is here among us. 12 Because of you, Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field; Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins! A thicket will grow on the heights where the Temple now stands.
—Micah 3:9 – 12
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