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“May you and I seek God’s will and serve Him only.” <>< Dona (12/22/20)

Please read Micah 4 through 7.  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 4

The Lord’s mountain.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, in the last days You will reign over Your perfect kingdom (v. 1).

Something to think about

The Lord has a plan.  The Lord will put an end to war (v. 3). He will gather the lame and the exiles and those He has brought to grief (v. 6).  The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion (v. 7).  The Lord will judge and punish those who refuse to follow Him.  But He will help His people (v. 9-13).

Something to experience

No matter what the rest of the world is doing, we should be motivated by God’s plans and seek to serve Him.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Micah 4:1 But it shall come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest and chief of the mountains; it shall be above the hills, and peoples shall flow [like a river] to it.

Micah 4:3 And He will judge between many peoples and render decisions for strong and distant nations.  Then they shall hammer their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks [so that the implements of war may become the tools of agriculture]; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they ever again train for war.

Micah 4:6 “In that day,” says the Lord, “I shall assemble the lame, and gather the outcasts [from foreign captivity], even those whom I have caused pain.”

Micah 4:7 “I shall make the lame a [godly] remnant and the outcasts a strong nation; and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from this time on and forever.”

Micah 4:9-13 “Now, why do you cry out loudly? Is there no king among you? Has your counselor perished? For agony has gripped you like a woman in childbirth.  10 Writhe in pain and labor to give birth, O Daughter of Zion, like a woman in childbirth; for now you shall go out of the city, live in the field, and go to Babylon.  There you will be rescued.  There the Lord shall redeem you from the hand of your enemies.  11 Now many [conquering] nations are assembled against you, who say, ‘Let her be profaned [through Gentile presence and the temple’s destruction], and let our eyes gaze on and gloat over Zion.’  12 But they (Gentile nations) do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His purpose and plan; for He has gathered them (Gentiles) like sheaves to the threshing floor [for destruction].  13 Arise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion!  For I will make your horn iron and I will make your hoofs bronze; that you may beat many peoples in pieces [trampling down your enemies], that you may devote to the Lord their unjust gain (pagan possessions) and their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.”

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Theme Micah 5

The Promised Messiah.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Messiah is spoken of as coming out of Bethlehem and having been from ancient times (v. 2).

Something to think about

The Messiah was prophesied to be the shepherd of His flock and He would bring peace (v. 4-5). When He rules in His eternal kingdom, He will destroy all that is related to war and He will take vengeance upon the nations who have disobeyed Him (v. 10-15).

Something to experience

There will be no need for armies because God will rule in each believer’s heart.  And we need not fear for our future as we place our trust in God.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Micah 5:2“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah; from you One shall come forth for Me [who is] to be Ruler in Israel, His goings forth (appearances) are from long ago, from ancient days.”

Micah 5:4-5 And He shall stand and shepherd and guide His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall dwell [secure in undisturbed peace], because at that time He shall be great [extending His authority] [Even] to the ends of the earth.  This One [the Messiah] shall be our peace.  …

Micah 5:10-15 10 “And in that day,” says the Lord, “I will cut off your horses from among you and destroy your chariots [on which you depend].  11 I will cut off the cities of your land and tear down all your fortifications.  12 I will cut off witchcrafts and sorceries from your hand, and you shall have no more fortune-tellers.  13 I will also cut off your carved images and your sacred pillars from among you, so that you will no longer worship and bow down to the work of your hands.  14 I will root out your Asherim (symbols of the goddess Asherah) from among you and destroy your cities [which are the centers of pagan worship]. 15 And in anger and wrath I shall execute vengeance on the nations which have not obeyed [such vengeance as they have not known before].”

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Theme Micah 6

The case against Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You brought a case (complaint) against the Israelites (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The Lord asked the Israelites what had He done to them (v. 3).  And then He presented His case (v. 4-5).  God wanted the Israelites to act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with Him (v. 8). But they were sinning and God had to find them guilt (v. 9-12) and exact punishment (v. 13-16).

Something to experience

If God asked you “what have I done to you?” what would your answer be.  All God has done to me is good.  What about you?

Scripture to hide in your heart

Micah 6:1-2 1 Hear now what the Lord is saying, “Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills [as witnesses] hear your voice.  2 Hear, O mountains, the indictment of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has a case (a legal complaint) against His people, and He will dispute (challenge) Israel.”

Micah 6:3 “O My people, what have I done to you [since you have turned away from Me]?  And how have I wearied you? Answer Me.”

Micah 6:4-5 “For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and ransomed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses [to lead you], Aaron [the high priest], and Miriam [the prophetess].  My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised [with his evil plan against Israel] and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him [turning the curse into blessing for Israel],  [Remember what the Lord did for you] from Shittim to Gilgal, so that you may know the righteous and saving acts [displaying the power] of the Lord.”

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you except to be just, and to love [and to diligently practice] kindness (compassion), and to walk humbly with your God [setting aside any overblown sense of importance or self-righteousness]?

Micah 6:9-12 The voice of the Lord shall call to the city [of Jerusalem] – and it is sound wisdom to heed [solemnly] and fear Your name [with awe-filled reverence]; “Hear, O tribe [the rod of punishment]. Who has appointed its time?  10 Are there not still treasures gained by wickedness in the house of the wicked, and a short (inaccurate) measure [for grain] that is cursed?  11 Can I [be guiltless and] justify deceptive scales and a bag of dishonest weights?  12 For the rich men of the city are full of violence [of every kind]; her inhabitants speak lies and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.”

Micah 6:13-16 13 “So also I will make you sick, striking you down, desolating and devastating you, because of your sins.  14 You shall eat, but you will not be satisfied, and your emptiness shall be among you; you will [try to] remove [your goods and those you love] for safekeeping but you will fail to save anything, and what you do save I shall give to the sword.  15 You shall sow but you shall not reap; You shall tread olives, but shall not anoint yourself with oil, and [you will extract juice from] the grapes, but you shall not drink the wine.  16  For [you have kept] the statutes of Omri [the idolatrous king], and all the works of the [wicked] house (dynasty) of Ahab; and you walk in their counsels and policies.  Therefore, I shall hand you over for destruction and horror and your [city’s] inhabitants for ridicule, And you shall bear the rebuke and scorn of My people.”

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Theme Micah 7

No uprightness.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Micah could find no upright person anywhere in the land (v. 1-4).

Something to think about

Micah believed God would bring His people through when times were tough (v. 8-10). Micah believed their only answer was God (v. 18-20).

Something to experience

Even in our society today, honesty and integrity are sparse.  Our government and secular leaders are deceitful and dishonest.  Only God can restore us and our nation. And that must be done from the inside out (v. 5-7).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Micah 7:1-4 1Woe is me (judgment is coming)! For I am like one who gathers the summer fruits, like one who gleans the vintage grapes.  There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, no first-ripe fig which my appetite craves.  2The godly person [who is faithful and loyal to God] has perished from the earth, and there is no upright person [one with good character and moral integrity] among men.  They all lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts the other with a net.  Concerning evil, both of their hands pursue it and do it diligently and thoroughly; the prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, and a great man speaks the [evil] desire of his soul.  So they twist the course of justice between them.  The best of them is [injurious] like a briar; The most upright is [prickly] like a thorn hedge.  The day of your watchmen [that is, the time predicted by the prophets] and your punishment comes; now shall be their confusion.

Micah 7:5-7 Do not trust in a neighbor [because of the moral corruption in the land]; do not have confidence in a friend.  Guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom.  For the son dishonors the father and treats him contemptuously, the daughter rises up [in hostility] against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – A man’s enemies are the men (members) of his own household.  But as for me, I will look expectantly for the Lord and with confidence in Him I will keep watch; I will wait [with confident expectation] for the God of my salvation.  My God will hear me.

Micah 7:8-10 Do not rejoice over me [amid my tragedies], O my enemy! Though I fall, I will rise; Though I sit in the darkness [of distress], the Lord is a light for me.  I will bear the indignation and wrath of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes judgment for me.  He will bring me out to the light, and I will behold His [amazing] righteousness and His remarkable deliverance.  10 Then my enemy [all the pagan nations] shall see it,
and shame [for despising the Lord] will cover her who said to me, “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will look on her [with satisfaction at her judgment];
now she (unbelievers) will be trampled down like mud of the streets.

Micah 7:18-20 18 Who is a God like You, who forgives wickedness and passes over the rebellious acts of the remnant of His possession?  He does not retain His anger forever, because He [constantly] delights in mercy and lovingkindness.  19 He shall again have compassion on us; He will subdue and tread underfoot our wickedness [destroying sin’s power].  Yes, You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 20 You shall give truth to Jacob and lovingkindness and mercy to Abraham, as You have sworn to our forefathers from the days of old.

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Prayer

Lord, no matter what the world does, I pray we believers will seek Your plan and serve You (Micah 4).  Lord, I thank You for the future You have planned for those who trust in You (Micah 5).  Lord, thank You for all You’ve done for us (Micah 6).  Lord, I pray we, along with our government and secular leaders, will seek to restore our nation to Your standards (Micah 7:5-7).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I seek to restore our nation to God’s standards.” <>< Dona