This passage is about corrupt officials, but not about mere politicians.
This is about those who should have been godly leaders of God’s chosen people.
This is about men who, having been entrusted with a precious spiritual heritage, despised it and used it for personal gain. And they did so at the expense of those they were to have shepherded. Shepherds eating the sheep. When they should have fed the flock, they fed on the flock.
Wolves in sheep’s clothing.
And yet, even knowing their own ungodly priorities and motivations, this didn’t keep them from further minimizing the Shepherd of the sheep. They dared presume on God’s presence and protection! “Yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us” (Micah 3:11).
Undershepherds abusing and consuming the Shepherd’s sheep — more contemptible than cannibals on cannabis. And yet…
If we see this only as condemnation of corrupt officials (or even of corrupted church leaders), we are missing an important message to our own hearts.
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).