The Voice of God to the Careless City
Micah 6:9
The LORD's voice cries to the city, and the man of wisdom shall see your name: hear you the rod, and who has appointed it.

(on a visitation of cholera): —

1. This infliction is the "Lord's voice," as a rebuke and warning from Him. After every deduction and allowance for secondary causes, whether natural or artificial, we are compelled to return to the great first cause, and to acknowledge that this public calamity is indeed the voice of God. This voice of the Lord "crieth unto the city." It is that of a watchman, or herald, proclaiming, with loud and unmistakable voice, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." "Let the people turn every one from the evil of his way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will return and repent, and turn from His fierce anger, that we perish not?"

2. At such times "the man of wisdom shall see Thy name." The name of the Lord in a special manner denotes His attributes — His justice, power, wisdom, goodness, love.

3. At such times, "hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it." Not "bear ye," but "hear ye." The rod of Divine justice and love has a voice, both for the sufferer and the beholder. Invite to personal prayer and self-examination.

(1)  As to your feelings in regard to sin in general.

(2)  There should be a renunciation of self.

(3)  But external reformation is not enough, nor will it ever be lasting unless the heart be touched within, and attracted by the loadstone of Divine grace.

(L. M. Humbert, M. A.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

WEB: Yahweh's voice calls to the city, and wisdom sees your name: "Listen to the rod, and he who appointed it.

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