August 23, Reading 2 – Micah 7

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SAA Notes

Our hope in what God will do with our church should be undaunted by our departure from Him. The day for building her walls shall come! (verse 11) Our lawless ways shall be hurled into the depths of the sea!

SJA Notes

Micah paints the world here in a similar fashion to David (and others) in the Psalms.

“The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind;”

“Put no trust in a neighbour; have no confidence in a friend;”

Micah knows the truth of persecution, of being hounded for his faith, of bearing dishonor for the sake of his Lord and God.

Listen to his clarity of purpose, right amongst this emotional/experiential turmoil!

“But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

We are to be singular in devotion, in faith, in purpose. We are to LOOK TO THE LORD.

But note, this passage doesn’t stop there.

Micah plumbs the depths of our folly, the big problem.

“I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him,”

Our sin. We have sinned against the Lord. This is TRUTH. We cannot get around it.

But listen!

“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance?”

Steadfast love. Compassion. Faithfulness.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Gracious Father, you pardon our iniquity – Thank You!

You pass over our transgressions – Thank You!

You delight in steadfast love – Oh Lord God, thank You!

And Lord, You will cast all of our sins into the depths of the sea – Abounding thanks!

Amen.

August 22, Reading 2 – Micah 6

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SAA Notes

God addresses the whole church – in both ‘faithful’ and ‘unfaithful’ branches. Verse 6 is a call to accept God’s Messiah. This was Paul’s great hope for the Jews – that they would accept Jesus as the Messiah (Romans 11). Will our denomination heed the Rod that is Jesus? See Psalm 2.

SJA Notes

In the midst of the strong rebukes to people practicing FALSE religion, we have these wonderful clear words of instruction:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

This speaks directly to us. As individuals walking with the Lord and corporately as God’s people living for His glory.

One.

God has TOLD us. He speaks to us, gives us His word, His wisdom, His INSTRUCTION.

Two.

He has told us WHAT IS GOOD. We don’t need to listen to the world, we only need His word to tell us what is good, right, proper, wise, beneficial.

Three.

DO JUSTICE. This is important to the Lord, that we are a just people. That we work hard to right wrongs where we find them, when He points us to them.

Four.

LOVE KINDNESS. God wants us to be a kind people. A people that seeks the benefit of those less fortunate, but also of those “more” fortunate. To be in love with kindness (think about what that means!).

Five. Lastly.

To WALK HUMBLY WITH OUR GOD.

He is a personal saviour. And a King of His people. In both cases, in both frames, we are to walk in humility WITH Him. Day by day, hour by hour. Submitting under His sovereign will, and going about His will.

How good is this! God has told us!

* Great Father Above,

Thank You that You have clearly told us what is good, what You want for us, how we are to act.

Mark us as a people, and as individuals, that do justice, love kindness and mercy, and that walk humbly with You.

Amen.

August 21, Reading 2 – Micah 4:9-5:15

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SAA Notes

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day quoted verse 5:2 in answer to Herod’s question as to where the Messiah would be born. The promise is given that Messiah’s greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth. Be assured!

SJA Notes

We read here both hope of salvation and the warning of judgement.

“And in that day, …” The Lord will cut off: horses, chariots, cities, strongholds, sorceries, fortune-tellers, carved images, pillars.

(You can see ch5 v10-15 are structured in a certain way, pointing more and more to the rejection of the Lord)

More than those things, the Lord will “root out” the idolatry in His people.

“And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance on the nations that did not obey.”

This is certainly a warning!

For us, it should be coal to the fire, as we tell people about Jesus. Because we believe that God will do as He says.

Now look though, at the hope, the clear pointer to Jesus that we read in v4-5.

“And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majrest of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.”

AND JESUS SHALL BE OUR PEACE!

Amen to this.

* Gracious Father, thank You for Jesus – Our peace!

Put within us an ever-burning flame to tell people about Him, to point people to Him, to proclaim Him and the salvation we have in Him for all of our days.

Thank You that in Jesus we have our Great Shepherd.

Amen.