Monday, March 11, 2019

READ IT! - Introduction to Micah 5-7

Readings for this week

Monday: Micah 5
Tuesday: Micah 6
Wednesday: Micah 7
Thursday: Ecclesiastes 1
Friday: Ecclesiastes 2
Saturday: Ecclesiastes 3
Sunday: Ecclesiastes 4

Introduction to Micah 5-7

Micah 5 

Micah then describes the reconciliation of Israel following the judgment and exile of Israel and couples that with a Messianic prophecy:

“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.”
-- Micah 5:2 

Micah 6 

Micah then describes a scene of Israel triumphing over enemies and God destroying both war and idols. He also presents God’s legal case against Israel:

"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."
-- Micah 6:8 

Micah 7 

Micah then offers praise and calls on the people hope in God:

"Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
You will be faithful to Jacob,
and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
in days long ago."
-- Micah 7:18-20

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