Tag: Micah 3-5

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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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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Fortune-telling Prophets

Scripture reading for September 21st: Micah 3-5

The false prophets of Micah’s day were in business for the money.  If you fed them, then they would give you a good word.  If you did not, then they were against you!  (Micah 3:6)  God promised that these false prophets would enter a time of darkness where God would not answer them.  He likened them to fortune tellers who gave readings for money!  (Micah 3:11)  They claimed to speak for the Lord and prophesied peace because God was in the midst of His people.

Micah, on the other hand, was filled with the Spirit of the Lord and power.  He was motivated to stand for justice and truth and declared plainly to Israel and Judah their sins.  “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.” (Micah 3:8)  He plainly rebuked Israel for distorting truth and despising justice.  He laid out a case against Judah for bloodshed and wickedness, bribery and money grabbing religion.  The result was God’s judgment on the land and the destruction of Jerusalem.  Micah was declaring the true fortune of the people who were in sin and rebelling against God.

Micah also declared the future state of Jerusalem after the time of exile.  “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 Jacob.  He will teach us his ways , so that we may walk in his paths.” God has plans for Jerusalem in the future.  It will be established as the central site of God’s rule in the last days.  God’s law and word will go out from there and God will judge between many peoples and establish a reign of peace.

The one who would bring this peace would be born in Bethlehem from the tribe of Judah!  (Micah 5:2)  This ruler would have origins from ancient times.  He would shepherd the flock in God’s strength and His greatness would go to the ends of the earth!  Micah was prophesying the future plans of God for rulership of the earth under Jesus Christ!  Now that’s real fortune telling!

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The Mountain of the Lord’s Temple

Scripture reading for September 21th: 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 prophets were for hire or otherwise they brought curses!  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.  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.  Integrity is a mark of  good leaders.  They live what they say they believe.  They do not claim to love God and then do the opposite of what God has said is right.  As we look at our nation today, we find few leaders who really love God.  Many claim to be Christians, but their actions speak louder than their words.  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 and peoples.  They would come to the Lord and desire to know His ways and His word.  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 takes place, Israel must go into captivity in Babylon.  The Lord would rescue them.

Micah then spoke about the city of 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!  God’s prophets are always known by the truth of their words.  Check out who you are listening to in these last days!

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