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“May all you and I do bring glory to the Lord.” <>< Dona (12/21/20)

Please read Obadiah and Micah 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Micah 1

Samaria and Jerusalem.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Micah’s vision concerned Samaria and Jerusalem (v. 1).

Something to think about

City after city was to be judged by God (v. 10-16).  Lachish was pointed out as the beginning of the sin (v. 13). 

Something to experience

Like Lachish, our daily actions and words can be observed by others and cause them to sin (v. 13). 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Micah 1:1 The Lord’s word that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Micah 1:10-16 10 Don’t tell it in Gath.  Don’t weep at all.  At Beth Ophrah I have rolled myself in the dust.  11 Pass on, inhabitant of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame.  The inhabitant of Zaanan won’t come out.  The wailing of Beth Ezel will take from you his protection.  12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waits anxiously for good, because evil has come down from the Lord to the gate of Jerusalem. 13 Harness the chariot to the swift steed, inhabitant of Lachish.  She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion; For the transgressions of Israel were found in you.  14 Therefore you will give a parting gift to Moresheth Gath.  The houses of Achzib will be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel.  15 I will yet bring to you, inhabitant of Mareshah, him who will possess you.  He who is the glory of Israel will come to Adullam.  16 Shave your heads, and cut off your hair for the children of your delight.  Enlarge your baldness like the vulture; for they have gone into captivity from you!

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Theme Micah 2

Plans.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, both You and Israelites had plans.

Something to think about

The Israelites’ plans were for evil (v. 1-2).  God’s plans sometimes have to include correction (v. 3-5). The Israelites needed disciplining because of their behavior (v. 8-10). Then God offered deliverance (v. 12-13).

Something to experience

Our thoughts and plans reflect our character. When God punishes us, He is doing so to get back on the right path.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Micah 2:1-21Woe to those who devise iniquity and work evil on their beds!  When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.  2They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Micah 2:3-5 Therefore the Lord says: “Behold, I am planning against these people a disaster, from which you will not remove your necks, neither will you walk haughtily; for it is an evil time.  In that day they will take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, saying, ‘We are utterly ruined!
My people’s possession is divided up.  Indeed he takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors!’”  Therefore you will have no one who divides the land by lot in the Lord’s assembly.

Micah 2:8-10 8 “But lately My people have risen up as an enemy.  You strip the robe and clothing from those who pass by without a care, returning from battle.
You drive the women of My people out from their pleasant houses; from their young children you take away My blessing forever.  10 Arise, and depart!  For this is not your resting place, because of uncleanness that destroys, even with a grievous destruction.”

Micah 2:12-13 12 “I will surely assemble, Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the middle of their pasture; they will swarm with people.  13 He who breaks open the way goes up before them.  They break through the gate, and go out.  And their king passes on before them, with the Lord at their head.”

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Theme Micah 3

Denouncing sin.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Micah spoke against the leaders who were not teaching the people right from wrong (v. 1).

Something to think about

The leaders seemed to hate good and love evil (v. 2). The Lord would not listen to them because of the evil they had done (v. 4). The prophets were leading the people astray (v. 5). Micah was led by the Holy Spirit (v. 8). Micah warned the prophets (v. 9-12). 

Something to experience

We should stay connected to God at all times.  We should rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to live and witness for God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Micah 3:1 I said, “Please listen, you heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: Isn’t it for you to know justice?”

Micah 3:2 “You who hate the good, and love the evil; who tear off their skin, and their flesh from off their bones;”

Micah 3:4 “Then they will cry to the Lord, but He will not answer them.  Yes, He will hide His face from them at that time, because they made their deeds evil.”

Micah 3:5 The Lord says “concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; for those who feed their teeth, they proclaim, ‘Peace!’ and whoever doesn’t provide for their mouths, they prepare war against him:”

Micah 3:8 “But as for me, I am full of power by the Lord’s Spirit, and of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his disobedience, and to Israel his sin.”

Micah 3:9-12 “Please listen to this, you heads of the house of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel, who abhor justice, and pervert all equity.  10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.  11 Her leaders judge for bribes, and her priests teach for a price, and her prophets of it tell fortunes for money: yet they lean on the Lord, and say, ‘Isn’t the Lord among us?  No disaster will come on us.’  12 Therefore Zion for your sake will be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem will become heaps of rubble, and the mountain of the temple like the high places of a forest.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray our daily actions and words will be godly examples to those around us (Micah 1:13).  Lord, I pray our thoughts and words will bring glory to You (Micah 2).  Lord, I pray we will stay connected to You at all times.  I pray we will rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to help us live and witness for You (Micah 3).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.” <>< Dona