TRUE AND FALSE GOVERNMENTS INTERESTS
"The heads thereof, judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money" Micah 3:11
The second of Micah's messages was addressed to the RULERS, and was concerned with the coming of GOD'S TRUE RULER. Its first movement is contained in this chapter. It consisted of a denunciation of those in AUTHORITY, both PRINCES and PRIESTS and PROPHETS, and an exposure of the falseness of their authority. In these words the whole evil is graphically stated, and relentlessly unmasked. The HEADS, that is the CIVIL RULERS OR PRINCES, exercised their judicial function for reward. They were open to bribery their decisions could be bought by those able to reward them. The PRIESTS taught for hire, and therefore their teaching was accommodated to the desires of those who paid them. The PROPHETS were seeking for money, and therefore let this be carefully noticed—they guessed. That was not the true method. The PROPHET speaks what God gives him to speak.
But God's word cannot be bought. Therefore the PROPHETS turn to wizardry, to necromancy (prediction using spirits); they divine. In each case the inspiration of the exercise of authority, whether that of PRINCE, OR PRIEST, OR PROPHET, was the desire of SELF-ENRICHMENT. This is the evil principle in false authority. WHEN GOVERNMENT IS IN THE INTEREST OF THE GOVERNING CLASSES, INSTEAD OF THE GOVERNED, IT IS EVIL. Let all human attempts at government, whether autocratic or democratic, be examined in the light of this principle, and an explanation will be found of PERSISTENT FAILURE, and also of any measure of REAL SUCCESS. The true government is THEOCRATIC and seeks for perfection of its flock (Jude 24). By the true method of governing and its levels were decided before the world was even decided in a meeting before the beginning of this world (Eph. 1:11; 2 Tim. 1:9- see article Triune Meeting Before The Beginning), Tsarists and the reign of the proletariat stand condemned. Rule, inspired by the self-interest of the rulers, spells ruin.