July 18 – Micah

Sometimes in today’s me-centered society, finding justice, equality and fairness can be difficult to do.  It’s one thing to talk about social justice – it’s another thing to put it into practice.  Politicians debate it and want to claim the idea as their own. But long ago, even from Israel’s days of wandering in the desert, God spoke about the importance of social justice.  Here again in the book of Micah, it is clearly directed.

Micah, a prophet from southern Judah, prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. He predicted the fall of Samaria (the Capitol of the Northern Kingdom of Israel) and preached the need for social justice in Israel and Judah. He gave clear instructions about how Gods people should live. While people often use pray to ask God for what they want, Micah turned it around and asked “What does God want from me?” the answer is simple: act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Thought social justice may be difficult to achieve, we must continue to work toward it.  This lesson from Micah 6:8 is a gem that we all must emulate and teach to our children, our grandchildren and generations to follow.

Until next time – be encouraged

Sandra

Tomorrows reading will be found in 2 chronicles 28 and 2 kings 16-17

The above summary was adapted from The Grandmothers Bible

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About Sandra

I became a writer in my later years. I love blogging and sharing life with others. I speak to women's groups about the Christian life.
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2 Responses to July 18 – Micah

  1. Jack Bass says:

    Chapter 1 shows God coming to place judgment on Judah because of their disobedience and their complete failure to be Godly or pay attention to his edicts. He gave them all the tools for them to follow him by but they refused by their actions. You know I look at us today and really can’t see a lot of difference between some of us and them. How do you think he feels about us? Might be something for us to think about. Chapter 2 I believe is about God after his patience is about to destroy The country along with all people, Rulers, Prophets, women and children because he felt it was a hopeless cause. verses 12-13 probably refer to The captivity of Israel and Judah but I feel like it might be a prophecy of the conversion of the Jews to Jesus Christ. God would bring them from captivity and multiply them but Jesus as a human being that they could see might guide them back to God. Chapter 3 Most of this chapter is dedicated to the leaders of the house of Jacob. (Meaning Jerusalem) Gods warning to all leaders, that he hasn’t forgotten all the wicked things they have done to his people and he will take vengeance on them. He not only rails against the leaders but saves some for the people because of the sinful nature. The most stern warning was when he said The house of Jacob (Jerusalem) would be totally destroyed which it was by the Romans. Chapter 4 Is describing the coming of Christ and his ruling over the world. Following of Jesus and the Gentile churches being established and their following of Christ. Verses 9-13 tells of the Jews finally excepting Christ as their savior. Chapter 5 Tells us of Jesus being born in Bethlehem and the peace he brings. Jesus also brings conversion for the Gentiles with him. Describes the reassembling of Israel and how Jesus will clean them up and make them worthy. Jesus also says that he will destroy all Israelis enemies. If I was the world and have ever read these words I would be trembling in my boots. Supporters of Israel will be taken care of and non supporters will likewise be taken care of. Not to pleasantly I think. Chapter 6 Jesus (God) describes what he did when he brought them out of slavery and treated them with respect and in turn has not have not received any of the same from them. In verse 8 he asked And what does the LORD require of you. Simply to To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. verses 9-13 tells of the punishment that the Israelis will receive for all the sins and disobedience they have done or committed. Chapter 7 1-7 pretty well sums up the misery the Israelis suffered when under condemnation. Verses 8-13 Tells us if we depend on God and love him we will ultimately triumph over all our enemies. Verses 14-20 Describes much encouragement for Israel on what they will receive if they are true to God. It also promises much if they obey. In Christ, Jack.

    Father God allow me freedom but also give me the knowledge to know when I have strayed away from your teachings. I know I am a sinner and am so sorry for it when I do but for some reason I just can’t seem to always follow what you lay out for me. Please forgive my sins. I seek blessing on our missions especially the one I visited this week. They need your help and guidance. I also ask blessings on my church and any sick that we may

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  2. Jack Bass says:

    2 Chr 27 is the story of Jotham becoming King at 25 years of age. He was a good King and did much good in the eyes of God even though the Israeli people still continued in their sinful ways. I think his passion for doing all the reconstruction of Gods temple that he probably took his eyes off what the people he ruled was doing in their religious pursuits. He was King for 16 years when he died. Isiah 9-12. Isiah 9 Starts with A promise that Jesus is coming to deliver the gentiles from their sad lives. And also shows how much patience the Lord has with Israel for all the falling away from him although he is angry at them he still has not sent the angels to destroy them. He still has hope that they will turn around and worship him. His hand is still upraised. Isaiah 10 He seems to me to be speaking of Bad Kings who have not paid him the respect he deserves as being the God who snatched them away from captivity in Egypt or have done enough to get the people to worship him and turn away from false Gods. Verses 20-34 are about the mighty power of God and what is about to take place. Chapter 11 Explains the peacefulness of Gods Kingdom and his people. Verses 10-16 tells us of the conversion of the Gentiles and Jews who recognize Christ as their savior. Chapter is all about when the people who have been scattered and the few remaining all recognize God as the Lord God almighty and recognize him as King. The chapter speaks about us humbling ourselves to God. I feel like this is the most important thing this chapter has to say. If we would all humble ourselves like Jesus did when he was here with us we would all know the comfort of God. In Christ, Jack.

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