Micah 1-4, Psalm 130
As we come to the next prophet, Micah, you can’t help but notice how repetitive the prophecies are. Also, the message of the prophets are balanced, primarily focusing on condemnation and the evil times that surrounded them interposed with rays of hope to future deliverance and a future with our Lord. Peter explains this in 1 Peter 1:12, “To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven-things which angels desire to look into.”
As we read these verses in Micah, it is like taking a snap shot of our society now. Like it or not, our nation is no better than the nation of Israel then. Our leaders now, like then seek to maintain their own power rather than seek the will of God and the good of the people. Most places of faith seek relevance more than truth. The megachurch movement has grown at the expense of blinding those who attend to the convicting portions of Scripture. Though all of us look with hope and expectation to the Rapture, Heaven, the Millennial Kingdom, and the New Earth and New Jerusalem, this is not our current situation.
The prophets then, as well as when we read Scripture like this now and see just how relevant they are to our current situation on earth, should awaken us all and elicit a response. The nation of Israel and Judah remained in their dormant state with the exception of minor revivals in Judah under the direction of good kings and prophets. If we believe that all Scripture is inspired of God (2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”) and that the words of the prophets applied not only to the people then but also to us now, let us all pray for a filling of the Holy Spirit and act. We know that despite our circumstances we have the hope and the good news of the Gospel of peace, but how will our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers know unless we tell them (Romans 10:14-15, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” “)
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