A man’s enemies are the men of his household.
We find it distressing when workmates, schoolmates, and neighbors show a self-centered attitude. Some of God’s servants, though, have an even greater challenge. Jesus said that his followers would face family opposition, and he used words similar to those recorded at Micah 7:6 to describe the impact that his message would have. “I came to cause division,” said Jesus, “with a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a young wife against her mother-in-law. Indeed, a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household.” What a difficult thing it is to endure the ridicule and opposition of family members who do not share our faith! If we face such a trial, let us not cave in to family pressure. Instead, may we remain loyal and wait patiently for Jehovah to resolve matters. If we constantly ask for his help, he will give us the strength and wisdom needed in order to endure.
The Watchtower claims that it is the voice of a modern-day Micah. But is it?
The answer is no. How could it be when we consider that the original prophets spoke against what was considered to be Jehovah’s organization? Is it realistic to expect that the Governing Body would approve of publishing a denunciation of the organization’s own hypocrisy and treachery? On the contrary, they are intent on making the organization into a gleaming idol of sanctity.
As regards the seventh chapter of Micah the prophecy concerns the fall of God’s covenanted people, paralleling the 12th chapter of Revelation, where the downcast demons go off to wage war against the remaining ones —conquering them. Micah 7:8-9 states: “Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Although I have fallen, I will rise up; although I dwell in the darkness, Jehovah will be my light. The wrath of Jehovah I will bear—For I have sinned against him—until he pleads my legal case and brings about justice for me. He will bring me out to the light; I will look upon his righteousness.”
The passage of Micah speaks to the conclusion and the aftermath when the chosen ones will ultimately shine like the brightness of the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
But instead of comprising a watchman-class, the organization now known as the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is on the receiving end of God’s denunciatory messages delivered through individuals who serve as watchmen.
No one knows the day or hour, but soon we may expect Christ to set things in motion, initiating the conclusion of the system of things and all that that entails. During that frightful time Jesus forewarned that many will hate one another and betray one another, and family members will turn upon each other and some will hand over their own children or parents to be put to death.
It is to that day of tyranny that Micah 7:4-6 speaks: “The day of your watchmen and of your reckoning will come. Now they will panic. Do not put faith in your companion or trust a close friend. Guard what you say to the one who lies in your embrace. For a son despises his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, and a daughter-in-law is against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his household.”