This is a mottled creative piece with many supporting verses from Micah. The whole thing about the ibex is fictional and not in the Bible; it’s just a poetic tool. What is true about this story below is God’s wrath is real. It is arrogant, it is blind, it is madness to believe that God will not punish people for their wicked behaviors.
Everyone will confess God is real, and he rules in sovereignty with his Son (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11).
So enjoy this silly, fictional tale…only, fiction rings with truth.
A planet floats in the blackness. Around the celestial body sits dust and hot stars; the substance of eternity. All rest in unimpeachable silence. They hold their breath in rapture as they wait for the creator. Winding down, coming closer, looking over the tops of spectacles, see there are humans walking along the surface of the planet.
They’re rather marvelous. Sensible sometimes, numerous emotions and the capacity to learn. They socialize and build; they create and advance. But inside of them is an element. It’s a viscous thing, an unnamed thing, some tragic flaw.
The element is invisible. No one can see it, but its effects are abundantly clear. When the sun rises for this planet the people busy themselves with rape. By the afternoon murder is favored. Anger and jealousy, lust and revenge scratch at the people’s heads like rabid mutts.
The element flares inside of them. The people go on and finish the day with orgies, drunkenness, and cursing. Still others fancy lying, maybe some pride here and there or conceitedness. Whatever dark thing is left, the people seek it out. They are like dogs returning to vomit; pigs returning to wallow in the mud (2 Peter 2:22).
When the people seek out the element it is only then that they do these awful things. One would think appeasing the element offers satisfaction, relief even. But this is not so, the element requires people’s obedience, but it rewards them with bitterness.
The world becomes sluggard somehow; even the people drag their feet as if their baggage were taking tangible form. Skeletal feet sweep through the dirt as they waste away. Weary eyes look up to the stars. They know there will be consequences for their actions. The element deceives them, and they do what feels good in exchange for what is good.
This carries on with each minute, strung through each hour, dwindling in each day. People saturate themselves with debauchery. For the briefest moment, about the duration of exhaling a breath, people feel the slightest orgasmic sensation of getting exactly what they want. Abuse continues, addiction matures, and selfishness bursts out of its exoskeleton and takes adult form.
There is much sighing with pleasure, but it lasts for only a second. Constantly a hum can be heard, it is white noise, it is the sound of the world falling out of its good graces. The element reigns over the human race and there is much too much celebrating. No remorse. They do shameful things with their bodies and they encourage each other to do what ought not be done (Romans 1:32).
“The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets. Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire—they all conspire together. The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.” Micah 7:2-4
They fight each other, they despise each other. Gossip is like drops of honey on the tongue (Proverbs 18:8), but when swallowed, it becomes like soured meat full of writhing maggots. Betrayal is a pastime. Judgment is a game. Divorce is a dessert. Greed is a privilege. The element shows people every evil thing under the sun.
And the people realize they have their hands full.
Meanwhile, the world turns purple and becomes inflamed; pus bubbles out of the earth.
“The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds.” Micah 7:13
In a thousand years, or one day (2 Peter 3:8), the accumulating stench of the people’s wickedness rises up and fills the atmosphere, blocking out the light of the sun.
The one who made the darkness, the stars, the dust, the world and its people becomes aroused. His mighty nostrils flare with disgust as the smoky stench fills his lungs. Eyelids snap open, and the creator stands up in alarm. It is not as if he slept through this disaster, it is merely the state of shock, of disbelief, that his children would rebel like this.
In his wrath, the creator spirals into a vortex and lowers himself to the earth. He calls some of his people by name and asks what happened. The people are frightened and say the world has rejected the creator. He said he left them laws to follow and appointed individuals to lead. What happened to the laws, and where have the leaders gone? Those before him offer no answer.
And the creator’s wrath took form in the shape of an ibex.
His hooves crush the surface of the earth. The people become pulp under his tread.
“My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.” Micah 7:10
His curving horns rake the mountains. His thrashing rips up the ground and causes earthquakes. His breath sets fire to the trees and boils the ocean. He rams his head repeatedly against the cities until the buildings are destroyed in a cloud of red dust.
“The day God visits you has come, the day your watchmen sound the alarm. Now is the time of your confusion.” Micah 7:4
The people cry out for the destruction to cease. They can’t stand the creator’s wrath. They don’t know what they were doing. Just make him stop his rampage. In panic, the people begin accusing each other for this destruction. They blame each other. They turn on each other.
Their senseless arguing only makes the ibex agitated even more. The creator opens his mouth and bites mouthfuls of the earth, leaving massive craters in the planet’s surface. He consumes the people’s livestock, and he spits on the people’s crops; the grains crackle into dust, the vegetables split open, and the fruit rots.
Suddenly the people forget all their pleasures. The world becomes crippled under the stamping feet of the ibex.
“Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths and their ears will become deaf. They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to the Lord our God and will be afraid of you.” Micah 7:16-17
After a day, or a thousand years, a group of people come to the creator, humbled, and ask for forgiveness. The ibex becomes more and more transparent as the people beg for forgiveness. They sing in worship, they follow the laws and listen to the leaders. The people’s voices become hoarse as they ask the creator for help.
The ibex disappears and the creator goes to his people. They cannot see him, but they hear him say their sins are forgiven. He will remember their wicked actions no more (Isaiah 43:25). The people listen to the creator and live in peace in the land. His people multiply, and their riches grow. They become a mighty nation, untouchable to those surrounding them. Other nations have gone back to their wicked ways because the ibex has gone away. They take it as an opportunity for pleasure and so they backpedal.
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago.” Micah 7:18-20
One day passes, or a thousand years pass, and a new generation rises. The element whispers again and in weakness the people respond to its call. Not soon afterward, they fall into some old habits. Murder, anger, fighting, stealing, lust…they heap on the offenses. Some individuals warn them: the creator is real and his wrath is terrible. He will appear again and wreak havoc on the earth, it will be far worse this time. This time he will destroy them all because he sent his Son to save them, and they killed him.
Many people respond in mockery and laughter as they push aside the warnings. They chide those who vouch for the creator. They say there is no consequence. There is no God. There is no Son. It is all made up, passed down gossip, folklore, madness. The people say they will never see any punishment for their ways. There is no God, they say. In order to make a point, the people abuse, slaughter, and chase away those who believe in the creator.
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Micah 7:7
Eventually though, just as before, this generation’s wickedness becomes a stench that rises up and fills the atmosphere. The stench fills the lungs of the creator and his eyes snap open.
“…she who said to me, ‘Where is the Lord your God?’ My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets.” Micah 7:10
Only this time, the world is destroyed under the fist of the creator, and he smashes the element to pieces. Those who wanted forgiveness received it. Those who wanted sin received wrath. Whatever people want is what they get in the end.