Showing posts with label Micah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Micah. Show all posts

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Micah 7

Prophet Micah opens his heart and mourns due to those happenings among his own people. As the society breaks down, faithfulness, honesty, trust, and all those righteous qualities have evaporated. LORD compares Himself to a gatherer of fruit who cannot find any ripe cluster of grapes.

Everyone has been corrupted, and are skilled at doing evil. All human and social relationships are crumbling. Friendship and family means nothing.
Micah 7:6 For a son dishonors his father,
    a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law -
    a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.
LORD can be relied upon, and His promise shall never fail. The Prophet will watch for that time when LORD will shepherd His people. There is none like LORD, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression. He will not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy.

LORD will be faithful to Jacob and show His love to Abraham - as He pledged His oath.

Micah 6

Now the LORD puts forth His case and charges against His people. By now, they should know what pleases Him.

With what shall we go in front of the LORD? Is it appropriate to take a calf one year old, or some burnt offerings? Can we please LORD with thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? How about offering the firstborn and fruit of our body?
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.
LORD cannot be bribed with offerings, and there is no substitute for love, loyalty and fair dealings.

The LORD sees all those dishonesty of His people, and they will be punished for their deceit. 

Micah 5

Right after speaking about the Assyrian siege, Prophet Micah speaks about a deliverer - the ultimate deliverer who will come out of Bethlehem. This is one of the most popular verses quoted during Christmas.
Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”
He shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD. His greatness will reach ends of the earth, and He will be the peace.

The LORD will cut off sorcerers, soothsayers and idols. He will take vengeance over those who do not obey Him.

Micah 4

With a fresh hope, LORD's temple will be established at the highest of mountains. Many nations. will come to worship the LORD at this place. Disputes between nations will be settled, their swords shall be made into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Everyone in the restored Zion shall walk in the name of the LORD. The lame, the outcast and the afflicted will be part of a strong nation.

Writhe in agony and cry like a woman in labor, as now they will be taken to Babylon, but from there, they will be restored. The LORD will strengthen her and those nations who exult in Zion’s humiliation will be threshed.

Micah 3

Micah rebuked the leaders 

The rulers, priests and prophets are committing sadistic acts of violence against their own people. These leaders do not embrace justice, hate good and love evil, tear the skin from people and the flesh from their bones. They eat people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones into pieces.

These leaders who lead the people astray, and proclaim 'peace' to their people will cry to the LORD, but He will not hear them.
Micah 3:5 This is what the LORD says:
“As for the prophets
    who lead my people astray,
they proclaim ‘peace’
    if they have something to eat,
but prepare to wage war against anyone
    who refuses to feed them.
Darkness will descend upon these false prophets. Micah then declares confidently that he is a true prophet from the LORD. Corruption has spread among the leaders - rulers, priests and prophets.
Micah 3:11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,
    her priests teach for a price,
    and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the LORD’s support and say,
    “Is not the LORD among us?
    No disaster will come upon us.”
Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest.

Micah 2

All those in power and influence plan and devise iniquity. The go about coveting property, seizing it by violence, and as a result, families are made destitute. LORD is planning a disaster against these people.

Next, those wealthy wicked and their false prophets are rebuked. People do not have a choice to shut up LORD's prophets and choose their own prophets - those who promise only prosperity. These people are not seeking one with LORD's spirit, instead they entertain one who will encourage and provide them with spirit for their thirst. Lies and deception are the tools of those rich, while they exercise their scam upon the poor. They want a prophet just like them - one who has refused LORD's word, who can lead them into a state of unconsciousness and promise more wine and beer.

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

A deliverance is promised and a remnant of Israel shall be restored. They will be gathered like sheep at the hands of one who breaks open the way. 

Micah 1

During the time of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah of Judah, LORD spoke to Prophet Micah. People were called to hear the indictment against their capital cities of Samaria and Jerusalem. LORD has been angered due to Israel's transgressions - chiefly due to idolatrous prostitution. LORD will tread down their high places, mountains will melt, and valleys will split like wax before Him.
Micah 1:7 All her idols will be broken to pieces;
    all her temple gifts will be burned with fire;
    I will destroy all her images.
Since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes,
    as the wages of prostitutes they will again be used.
Prophet Micah calls this a plague which is incurable, and the gangrene has spread to Judah. He is planning to go about barefoot and naked, howl like jackal, and moan like an owl.

Those surrounding nations will know about Israel’s shame. Prophet calls out to shave their heads in mourning.