How Do Things Like This Get Published

Source: Smith, James E. The Minor Prophets. Old Testament Survey Series. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1994.

“Why would so many Gentiles stream toward Zion? Three reasons are suggested. First, ‘many nations shall go and say’…Second, the Gentiles would hunger to know the ways of Israel’s God…Third, the Gentiles would desire to live their lives by [the Lord’s] precepts…Fourth, Gentiles would stream into Zion because ‘from Zion instruction shall go forth.'” (318)

That is amusing. This is laughable.

“…those weapons would no longer be needed because ‘nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.’ Micah was not speaking of political peace but of the spiritual peace within the kingdom of God’s grace…in the absence of war, the citizens of Zion would enjoy gifts of peace and happiness. ‘They shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree.’ Micah is speaking of the spiritual gifts enjoyed by members of the church of Christ.” (319)

I cannot comprehend how things like that make it into print. I’ve muttered more sensible exegesis in my sleep. If someone walked up to Micah and told him, “By that, of course, you mean the spiritual gifts which are enjoyed by the members of the church of Christ,” he or she would at the least confuse him. More likely that person would incur a prophetic curse. It breaks my heart to read these things, all the more when I realize that other people are reading them as well with a less discerning eye.

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