Tag: Micah 1-2

Ear-tickling prophets!

Scripture reading for September 19th: Micah 1-2

“If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people.” Micah 2:11

Micah lived in a day of fallen moral values, a time when  God’s people lived for materialism and pleasure.  Micah was called to warn God’s people of their sins.   This statement was meant to shock their senses.  A man of God telling them about plenty of alcohol to cure their sin would be like a doctor prescribing poison to cure a fatal illness!

As Micah exposed the sins of this people, he mentioned those who plotted to take the property of their brothers and sisters through fraud and deceit. (Micah 2:1-3)  The land was a promised inheritance for each family.  The promised land was divided by Joshua according to God’s plans by lot to each family. (Joshua 13 and following)  It was to be a perpetual inheritance.   God is for personal responsibility and ownership under His authority.  If we can learn to be faithful with the little here, He can give us much in the coming millennial kingdom!

We are a people who have always valued the right to ownership.  Our government has laws that protect property ownership and rights.  When God’s people got into sin and became deluded and drunk on their own ways, they lost their inheritance.   As it happened to God’s people in Micah’s day, so it could happen in our land!

“In that day men will ridicule you:  they will taunt you with this mournful song: ‘We are utterly ruined: my people’s possession is divided up.  He takes it from me!  He assigns our fields to traitors.'” “Therefore, you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord to divide the land by lot.” Micah 2:4-5

The loss of their land would bring about the ruin of God’s people!  This people would receive a false prophet who would prophesy plenty of wine and beer.   Their delusion would lead to their destruction and captivity.  They would lose their property and suffer eternal loss.  Oh that God’s people would listen to truth and be responsible stewards of God’s promises!

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You’ll have plenty of beer!

Scripture reading for September 18th: Micah 1-2

“If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people.” Micah 2:11

Micah lived in a day when  God’s people lived for materialism and pleasure.  His statement about a prophet who would tell them what they wanted to hear was meant to be funny and yet shock them to their senses.  A man of God telling them about alcohol to cure their sin would be like a doctor prescribing poison to cure a fatal illness!  Come to think of it, I guess that is happening today in some parts of our nation where euthanasia is legal!

As Micah exposed the sins of this people, he mentioned those who plotted to take the land of their brothers and sisters through fraud and deceit. (Micah 2:1-3)  The land was a promised inheritance for each family.  The promised land was divided by Joshua according to God’s plans by lot to each family. (Joshua 13)  When people have their own property and are responsible for it, they work hard to keep it.  They make the most of it for business purposes and to bless their family and others.  God is for personal responsibility and ownership.  If we can learn to be faithful with the little here, He can give us much in the coming millennial kingdom!

We are a people who have always valued the right to ownership.  Our government has laws that protect property ownership and rights. Look at the countries where communism has tried to make the government owner and provider for all!  It did not and will not work under man’s supervision.  Sins of greed and desire for dominance soon take over.

“In that day men will ridicule you:  they will taunt you with this mournful song: ‘We are utterly ruined: my people’s possession is divided up.  He takes it from me!  He assigns our fields to traitors.'” “Therefore, you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord to divide the land by lot.” Micah 2:4-5

The loss of their land would bring about the ruin of God’s people!  This people would receive a false prophet who would prophesy plenty of wine and beer.   Their delusion would lead to their destruction and captivity.  Oh that God’s people would listen to truth and be responsible stewards of God’s promises!

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“Beer and Wine Prophets”

Scripture reading for September 20th: Micah 1-2

Micah began his ministry with a vision of the Lord coming to visit the earth.  “Hear, O peoples, all of you, listen, O earth and all who are in it, that the Sovereign Lord may witness against you, the Lord from His holy temple.  Look!  The Lord is coming from His dwelling place; He comes down and treads the high places of the earth.  The mountains melt beneath Him and valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope. (Micah 1:2-4)  God’s coming would be sudden and earth-shaking!  There would be great glory and would get mankind’s attention quickly!

The reason for this coming of the Lord was to judge Israel’s sins.  These sins included idolatry in Samaria and Jerusalem!  (Micah 1:5-7)  The worship of these idols included prostitution, and sexual sin was rampant.  God was angry and about to bring disaster upon His idolatrous people!  They would be overrun and go into exile!

“If a liar or deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people.” (Micah 2:11)

God’s word to His people through Micah was strong because the people were headed for judgment.  The Israelites had grown corrupt and had forsaken the Lord.  They were coveting fields and defrauding their neighbors of their property and ability to make a living.  The rich were taking advantage of the poor and were not aware that the Lord was displeased and about to come to them in judgment. God had sent prophets to them to warn them but they refused to listen.  They told them not to prophesy to them, they did not want to hear that the Lord was angry. (Micah 2:6-7)   God told them that their attitudes and actions were taking away blessing from their own children! (Micah 2:9)

When people are worldly, they seek a god that will fit their lifestyle.  This is our plight in America today.  Many carnal Christians say they love God, but do not want to hear rebuke for their sins.  They want smooth messages that make them feel good in their sins.  They value their pocket books more than righteousness in their elected officials.  Homes are being broken by sexual idolatry. Would God recommend a deceiving prophet who will prophesy plenty of wine and beer for us?  Are we listening to one?

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“You’ll have plenty of wine and beer”

Scripture reading for September 19th: Micah 1-2

“If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ he would be just the prophet for this people.” Micah 2:11

Micah lived in a day of fallen moral values, a time when  God’s people lived for materialism and pleasure.  Micah was called to warn God’s people of their sins and the coming retribution if they continued on their merry way.  This statement about a prophet who would tell them what they wanted to hear was meant to be funny and yet shocking to their senses.  A man of God telling them about plenty of alcohol to cure their sin would be like a doctor prescribing poison to cure a fatal illness!  Come to think of it, I guess that is happening today in some parts of our nation where euthanasia is legal!

As Micah exposed the sins of this people, he mentioned those who plotted to take the land and property of their brothers and sisters through fraud and deceit. (Micah 2:1-3)  The land was a promised inheritance for each family.  The promised land was divided by Joshua according to God’s plans by lot to each family. (Joshua 13 and following)  It was to be a perpetual inheritance.  When people have their own property and are responsible for it, they use their gifts and work hard to build a home and keep it beautiful.  They make the most of it for business purposes and to bless their family and others.  God is for personal responsibility and ownership under His authority.  If we can learn to be faithful with the little here, He can give us much in the coming millennial kingdom!

I think this property ownership is interesting in light of the founding of our nation.  We are a people who have always valued the right to ownership.  Our government has laws that protect property ownership and rights.  When any nation has denied that to people and made the government the owner, the results have been disastrous!  Look at the countries where communism has tried to make the government owner and provider for all!  It did not and will not work under man’s supervision.  Sins of greed and desire for dominance soon take over.  This is possible  in our nation, too, as it happened to God’s people in Micah’s day.  God is the one we are accountable to and he uses our stewardship as a test of faithfulness and to shape our character.

“In that day men will ridicule you:  they will taunt you with this mournful song: ‘We are utterly ruined: my people’s possession is divided up.  He takes it from me!  He assigns our fields to traitors.'” “Therefore, you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord to divide the land by lot.” Micah 2:4-5

The loss of their land would bring about the ruin of God’s people!  This people would receive a false prophet who would prophesy plenty of wine and beer.   Their delusion would lead to their destruction and captivity.  They would lose their property and suffer eternal loss.  Oh that God’s people would listen to truth and be responsible stewards of God’s promises!

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