Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to a Slaughter
"Sheep Led to the Slaughter"
(Key Verses: Micah 2:7 - 2:13)
Flesh and blood cannot and were never intended to inherit the kingdom of God. The first born of God’s witnesses, our life walking after the flesh, must be sacrificed to the Lord for the new man, the second witness to be resurrected with Christ (Rev 11:12). The Elect are the first to endure this process (1Pe 4:17) so they in turn can become the instruments by which all men will be judged and brought to eternal life (Rev 20:4). To gain our life we must lose it now and that is likened to us going to a daily slaughter.
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Judgment is the primary message of all the prophets. It is both a wonderful and fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. It depends on which side of the two-edged sword we are talking about.
Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
The Lord works all things for the greater good of those who love (obey) Him. This includes putting us into darkness, making us blind, so He can then bring us to the light.
Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.
Mat 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
It is truly a blessing to be judged now in this age. It comes to precious few who are able to read, hear and to keep (i.e. live out) the words and judgments spoken about in the Scriptures.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Here are the verses for Part 10 of the study of the Book of Micah.
Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
Mic 2:8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.
Mic 2:9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory forever.
Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.
Mic 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
Mic 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.
Let’s look at these verses in more detail and link them to the sum of God’s word and the gospel message of salvation.
Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened [H7114]? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
The word straitened [H7114] is only used as “straitened” one time of its 48 occurrences. This is a poor translation, and it would be better translated as “shortened” or “reaped” implying the Lord’s will is cut off or denied when we manifest sin and rebellion in our walk. The paradox of Scriptures is that the Lord works all things in the life of His clay vessels. His hand is not too short to save, yet our iniquities the Lord Himself is causing that separate us from the Lord is not a contradiction.
Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened [H7114], that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
The Lord forsaking us for a “little while” (Isa 54:7) is needed to humble us and bring judgment upon our sinful ways and carnal lusts. This verse in Micah is a rhetorical question that reminds us that our falling into sin and rebellion is 100% the Lord’s doing. He is working all things for the counsel of His will. Even our very sins are in the box of all things.
Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
2Ch 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
The words of the Lord do good for the new man because over time this grace causes us to walk uprightly. Isaiah answers the question of who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire and who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings (Isa 33:14). It’s not people going to a place called eternal hell, it is those who are learning through scourging grace to gain dominion over sin.
Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
The Lording causes us to err from His ways only so He can turn us back to Him and by that process teach us true righteousness.
Psa 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
Mic 2:8 NKJV Lately My people have risen up as an enemy — You pull off the robe with the garment From those who trust you, as they pass by, Like men returned from war.
Mic 2:9 The women of My people you cast out From their pleasant houses; From their children You have taken away My glory forever.
Oppressing our neighbor, doing violence by perverting God’s ways and truths with our worldliness (harlotry) makes us enemies of God (Jam 4:4) and targets for His wrath. The churches of men, built on the lies of the great harlot that are also within us, are the women who spoil or strip off all of our Godly raiment, both the outer robe and the under garments of Christ’s righteousness. Trusting in our own strength and our own righteousness, which are filthy rags (Isa 64:6) spoils the pure things of God.
Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh
In the time of our becoming a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1) our loving Father will scourge us with grace (Heb 12:6) and bring us back to Him.
Zep 1:8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
Engaged in full time warfare (Eph 6:12) we become averse to the ongoing struggles and do not always remain vigilant in the good fight of faith. Leaven can creep in unawares (Jud 1:4) and our deceitful hearts lead us astray (Jer 17:9, Pro 4:23) when we let our guard down. We need to be constantly reminded of our ongoing warring against the flesh and never grow weary.
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Casting out our woman from their pleasant houses and taking away God’s glory from our children (maturing mindsets) is what disobedience brings about on our road to maturity. “Pleasant houses” here in Micah refers to delicate houses and its root word H6026 (Anag) which links delicate houses with pliable or soft houses. Our falling down and being judged bring this softness about.
Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Sin hardens our heart and makes us less pliable in the Potter’s hands. We are warned to take heed and learn the lessons given to us by the Scriptures (1Co 10:11).
Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
Sin shall no longer be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies. Last week we saw that adding to our knowledge is a necessary ingredient to move on to maturity and bear the fruit of brotherly love which starts and ends with obedience (1Jo 5:3). This is a serious calling that requires diligent ongoing effort and endurance that only the Lord can and will give us in order to grow.
Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
The word translated “forever” in Micah 2:9 is the Hebrew word olamH5769 and does not mean forever in the same way AION or AIONIOS is mistranslated in the Greek New Testament. Our period of judgment is not forever but is an age-abiding period of time which the Lord uses to teach us the error of our sinful ways and is the very means of our salvation.
Thankfully, the Lord dies for us when we are still the chief of sinners and reconciles us through the death of that first (old) fleshly man Adam.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
We are saved from wrath by living through the wrath against our sins and lustful ways now in this age.
Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction [H2556].
The Lord will not let us enter into rest while sin is still ruling in our hearts. The Lord must mix in faith, the ability to believe His word, for us to overcome and learn through our judgments. We are increasingly given the ability to get up from our falling down and that is how we gain dominion, cease from our own works and find the rest that remains for the people of God. Yet we need not be lax, slothful or at ease on the journey. Instead we must strive, labour, be diligent and work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We looked at this word translated as “destruction”, H2556 “chebel” in Part 9. It is only translated destruction one time in the 62 occurrences and as we saw it actually means cords or sorrows most of the time.
Either way, this destruction is speaking of the bondage (cords) to sin and the sorrows and pangs we deal with (because of that sin) in giving birth to the new man. This is how the old man is destroyed and the beast put under subjection to the Christ in us.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Until we learn to arise and move on, we remain to relearn the lessons with more grace poured out upon our sins (Rom 5:20). Being forgiven and given the healing to pick up our mat and walk comes with an admonition to continue to do well.
Joh 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
Our suffering and the judgments of the Lord by the Word (Joh 12:48) in the last days will not return void. That Word will accomplish all the Lord’s purposes right on time. We are saved from His wrath by the Lord remaking the marred (destroyed) vessel of clay.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred (destroyed) in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Mic 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
Our carnal rebellious flesh loves to justify itself and rationalize its continued disobedience, turning grace into lasciviousness. In the last days, we will at first heap upon ourselves teachers and false prophets that will tell us what our flesh loves to hear (2Ti 4:3).
Jer 5:31 NKJV The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?
This not someone else, it is you and me as the false prophet and the deceiver. Living by every word includes all these words.
Job 12:16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.
Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
It needs be that we get drunk with wine and strong drink as that is key to learning good and evil and coming to know He truly is the Lord. This is the falling away that must be.
Deu 29:6 You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.
As God’s kings and priests, we must first err and mishandle the things of God and stumble in our day of judgment.
Isa 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
This erring from His ways is every bit part of the life of Jesus Christ, who is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. We must first bear the earthy image then the heavenly one (1Co 15:49).
Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
The Lord is not doing this as some monster, He is doing it as a loving Father to teach us the right ways of life and to make us into His people.
Eze 14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.
It is our abiding in the fire of the Word, our lake of fire NOW by which our beast and false prophet days are burned up and we are given new garments of salvation (Rev 19:20).
Mic 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah [H1223], as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
The same Lord that scatters His people and purposefully deceives them, gathers them back into the little flock that is the Body of Christ (Luk 12:32, Eze 34:12). There His chosen sheep are fed spiritually and that includes being fed judgment.
Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
A New Testament witness to this prophecy would be this.
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
1Pe 5:2 Feed (rule) the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
It is these words of fire (Jer 5:14) that brings judgment and perfects us. This is how over time we are edified and come to unity, the perfect man unto the fullness of Christ. The Lord’s people make lots of noise in the day of salvation and abiding in judgment by fire of the Word.
1Sa 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
Psa 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Jos 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
This noise we make is linked to the sounds of the trumpets which represent the judgments of God that saves us from our sins! The Word works in us via judgment. This is how we enter into and possess the land for Christ receiving our salvation from sin.
Now let’s look at the word Bozrah and what it represents and that is the context from which the title “The Sheep Led to the Slaughter” was chosen. E-Sword shows the Micah 2:12 word “Bozrah” as H1223 that is the same as H1224 in the Strong’s Dictionary as all other references to Bozrah are labelled.
H1224, botsrâh, bots-raw'
The same as H1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: - Bozrah.
Total KJV Occurrences: 9
Gen_36:33, 1Ch_1:44, Isa_34:6, Isa_63:1, Jer_48:24, Jer_49:13, Jer_49:22, Mic_2:12 (2)
We will look at a few of these references but first note that Bozrah is part of the land of Moab (Jer 48:24). Moab was a son of Lot by incest whose name stands for the fleshly veil that keeps us separated from the Lord. That veil of flesh must be removed for us to take heed the commandments of the Lord and walk as sons of the light.
Secondly note that Bozrah was also the capital city of Edom (Isa 34:6). If we remind ourselves of what Esau and Edom symbolize we will be able to see this story applying to our personal day of the Lord more clearly.
H123, 'ĕdôm, ed-ome'
From H122; red (see Gen_25:25); Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him: - Edom, Edomites, Idumea.
Gen 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
Esau and Edom represent the first man Adam (red) which cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and must bow down and serve the younger new man within all of us (Gen 25:23).
The flesh must be done away with, and this is done by gather of the sheep and bringing them together for judgment. This takes place spiritually outside the camp in Bozrah, in the capital of our fleshly kingdoms. The sword of the Lord brings the slaughter of our old ways (cutting off) as we abide in our judgment now in this age.
Also remember the meaning of a Morasthite from Part 1 was to be a possessor of a winepress. Our suffering and dying daily with Christ in the day of our judgment (now) is how we are rightly called Morasthites and obtain our garments of salvation.
Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
Isa 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
Isa 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
The great tribulation that we must live through (not be raptured away) is how our clothes, our covering for sins is washed clean and made pure.
Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
One of God’s messengers (Philip, Pete, You….), members of the Body will be sent to show understanding to spiritual Eunuchs of this great mystery and the Lord’s strange work.
Act 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
Act 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
The reign of the beast and the life we know in the flesh must be lost in order for us to gain life eternal now in down payment form. This is the only way we come to know the Lord in truth and in Spirit. The princes and rulers of the carnal mind, the 200 million lies of Babylon (Rev (9:16) will be slaughtered in the “harvest” of Bozrah.
Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea [EDOM] and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
Isa 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea [EDOM].
As the angels of God, His messengers and the means by which He does the greater works, we by speaking the word and watching over the flock operate the winepress and feed the people with judgment.
Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Mic 2:13 NKJV The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate, And go out by it; Their king will pass before them, With the LORD at their head.
The destruction of the flesh and our way of life in the world is, was and will be occurring as we endure in these marred vessels. But the purpose of our judgment is to bring us into unity of the faith and mature us into holy men of the Lord. The Elect are the Body of Christ which is also the bride that is to be without spot (Eph 5:27). Our wedding garments come with a very high price and only through much tribulation. The Lord’s arm is not too short to save. He will save us and it is by this process of judgment. This is how we break out of our old ways.
Mat 21:44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."
Neh 1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
There is a time and season for everything, and breaking us down and destroying our carnal strongholds (Dukes of Edom) is a very necessary season of maturing. Following the Spirit we will walk the straight and narrow way and exit the wide gate. Entry into the Temple, which Temple God’s Elect are (1Co 3:16) is done by living out those vials of wrath (Rev 15:8, Rev 1:3) and being ministered to by fellow overcomers and messengers of the Lord.
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
It is those who have the true Jesus Christ as their Head abiding in the Body subject to its governance and the multitude of counselors that are the true sons of God.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
It is only those given the mind of Christ that are ONE with the Body and the Father.
Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
We will see more detail of our period of being forsaken for a “little while” in next week’s study as we begin Chapter 3.