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Let’s go to the Mountain!

Scripture reading for September 20th: Micah 3-5

“Because of you (prophets and leaders), Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound  overgrown with thickets.” Micah 3:12

Micah wasted no time in telling the leaders of Israel and Judah their sins.  These leaders had loved evil instead of good and failed to provide justice for the land.  (Micah 3:1-2)  The prophets of the land were no better.  If they were given food or pay, they would bring a message of “peace”.  If they were not paid, the message would be of coming war!   The results of the failures of leadership were the destruction of the temple and of the city of Jerusalem.  The leaders thought that they were safe because they called on the Lord and stayed near His temple.  But Micah was a true prophet of the Lord and warned them free of charge!

Leadership is so important for the people of God!  Wise leaders model godly behavior and love to see justice done.  They live by God’s word and call the people to follow.  They punish those who stray from the truth and reward those who are doing right.   As we look at our nation today, many claim to be Christians, but their actions betray their words.  Where are the godly prophets who will confront sin in the leadership?

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.  Many nations will come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.”” Micah 4:1-2

God would establish Mt. Zion as the place of rule for all nations and peoples.  (Micah 4:6-7)    Micah also spoke about the city of Bethlehem in Judah.  From this city would come the One who would rule over Israel. He would shepherd the flock of God’s people and His greatness would spread to the ends of the earth!  (Micah 5:2-4)  He would establish justice and teach mankind to walk in His ways!  Micah spoke of Jesus Christ 700 years before His coming!   God provided the godly Leader who would model justice and righteousness for the whole earth!

 

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Confronting sin!

Scripture reading for August 23rd: Ezekiel 20-23

Confronting sin was the job of the prophet and preacher.  We who minister the word of the Lord must faithfully declare what God has said and speak plainly to those whose souls are in danger of God’s eternal wrath.  Sin brings the wrath of God.  His wrath is happening continually and it is also an eternal thing that will happen to all who die in their sins on the day of judgment.  (Romans 1:18-19) (Romans 2:5)  God loves each person enough to confront him before He judges him.

In today’s reading, Ezekiel was told to confront the people of Jerusalem with all of their detestable practices.  (Ezekiel 22:1)  God declared that the sin of sacrificing their children in the fire to the false idols was wrong!  Ezekiel pointed out mistreatment of fathers and mothers by children and mistreatment of the alien and orphan as reasons for the coming destruction.  The people had despised the holy things and desecrated the Sabbath as a day of worship and rest.  (Ezekiel 22:7-8)  Adultery, incest, and lewd sexual conduct were hastening the day of wrath!   Excessive interest was being charged and people were extorting money from the weak and powerless with mafia-like tactics.

God also confronted the priests as well.  They were twisting God’s law to call evil good and then to call good, evil.  They did not help people to discern between the holy or profane.  They whitewashed their evil deeds by giving the people false visions and lying divinations.  They claimed the the Lord had spoken when He had said nothing of the sort!  (Ezekiel 22:26-28)  When the ministers of God are under sin and deception, the people are led further astray by their false teaching and example. God looked for one man to stand in the gap on behalf of the land so He would not have to destroy it, but found none!  (Ezekiel 22:30-31)

When God confronts sin, He gives his people opportunity to repent and be delivered.  His love brings the confrontation to those who will humbly receive it.  Take time today and allow the Lord to speak to your heart.  Listen and repent so that the wrath may be turned away!  Stand in the gap for someone who is lost and in need of His grace!  The rewards are eternal!

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The Mountain of the Lord’s Temple

Scripture reading for September 19th: Micah 3-5

“Because of you (prophets and leaders), Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound  overgrown with thickets.” Micah 3:12

Micah wasted no time in telling the leaders of Israel and Judah their sins.  These leaders had loved evil instead of good and failed to provide justice for the land.  (Micah 3:1-2)  The prophets of the land were no better.  If they were given food or pay, they would bring a message of “peace”, otherwise the message would be of coming war!   The results of the failures of leadership were the destruction of the temple and of the city of Jerusalem.  The leaders thought that they were safe because they called on the Lord and stayed near His temple.  They were just going through the motions and under a delusion of safety.

Wise leaders live by God’s word and call the people to follow.  Integrity is a mark of  good leaders.  As we look at our nation today, we find few leaders who really love God.  Many claim to be Christians, but their actions deny God.  Where are the godly prophets who will confront sin in the leadership of the land?

“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.  Many nations will come and say, “Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.  He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.”” Micah 4:1-2

According to Micah, God was going to provide a new time of peace in the last days. He would again establish Mt. Zion as the place of rulership for all nations.  They would come to the Lord and desire to know His ways.  There would be a time of universal peace and He would rule over the peoples from Mt. Zion.  (Micah 4:6-7)  But before this took place, Israel would go into captivity in Babylon.

Micah then spoke about  Bethlehem in Judah.  From this city would come one who would rule over Israel. He would shepherd the flock of God’s people and His greatness would spread to the ends of the earth!  (Micah 5:2-4)  Micah named  the city of Jesus’ birth over 700 years before the event!

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