Micah wrote, “I will make a …..mourning as the owls” (1:8). Better to be God’s hoot owl than the devil’s mockingbird!
The prophet’s greatest enemy is usually the top brass in his field. Billy Mitchell was court-martialed in his day because he saw beyond his contemporaries in aviation. He was granted a posthumous award. That reminds us of our Lord’s biting words to the Pharisees who built tombs for the prophets and garnished the sepulchers of the righteous whom their forefathers slew (Matthew 23:29-31). Amos had his Amaziah and the early church had to contend with the religious hierarchy. And our Lord had His greatest controversy continually with scribes and Pharisees. Whether in the world or in the church, look out for the swivel-chair authorities who murder prophets in one generation and memorialize them in the next!