Glorious Tuesday: Sarcastic Like Micah

Posted in Galatians, Hebrews, Matthew, Micah

The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

Now that is a familiar verse, isn't it? Have you ever read the verses preceding it?

Before you do, call to mind what the old law required from God's people. The weight of the law was heavy by our standards. So very heavy. I'm sure that's what the Israelites told themselves when they turned from it. When they turned to idols and their own selfish desires.

And into their midst, God sent Micah. To remind them of their unfaithfulness. To remind them that a penalty would be paid for it. To remind them that they had left God and His law.

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Knowing what those people had to be thinking as they heard his message, Micah reminds them of how they find the Lord's laws to be so heavy. I'm sure they feared after hearing the heavy grievances the Lord brought against them. What payment would be required to satisfy God after so many years of living in defiance?

What can we bring to the Lord? What kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? - Micah 6:6-7

Pretty heavy, right?

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But focus on the next words that God gave to Micah to deliver to His people.

"No, O people"

What? You require something heavier, Lord? More? More than yearling calves and thousands of rams? A heavier weight than ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Surely, God, our firstborn would suffice.

"No, O people"

The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Do you see how the Israelites had twisted so horribly the very character of their God? They understood His heart not one bit.

Do we?

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

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Remember that we serve a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) His burden was never heavy. We made it so.

No, O people. His burden is light. Come to Him.

 

Let's Go Deeper:

1. What kind of heavy load are you carrying?

2. How does the burden keep you from Christ?

3. Write here a verse that makes you want to lay that burden down.

3. What is one thing you can do, today, to help shoulder someone else's burdens? It's in that way that we fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)


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To Restore My Hope

Posted in Lamentations

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I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” - Lamentations 3:24

This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. It's a “shout it from the rooftops” kind of verse, don't you think? But what I love even more is contemplating the pit Jeremiah was in when he wrote this verse. He was in a deep, dark place.

Can you relate?

As we look at the preceding verses (Lamentations 3:20-26 to be exact), I have inserted my own thoughts in bold and then my favorite part in bold italics.

I will never forget this awful time,
as I grieve over my loss.

Preach it, Jeremiah! My grief is so raw, so constant. It is bitter in my mouth.

Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!

Father, Your love sustains me even in this time of anguish!

Therefore, I will hope in him!


His mercies never cease.

Lord, Your mercies just keep coming, washing over me, cleansing me.

Therefore, I will hope in him!

Great is his faithfulness;

Faithfulness that continues to yearn for me, supporting me when I can not stand.

Therefore, I will hope in him!

his mercies begin afresh each morning.

I feel the truth of these words, proven as I face each new day with the provision and courage supplied for it.

Therefore, I will hope in him!

I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”

Amen and Amen!!

Therefore, I will hope in him!

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
to those who search for him.

I depend on You, God! Only on You, always on You. Without You I am incapable of surviving any of this!

Therefore, I will hope in him!

So it is good to wait quietly
for salvation from the Lord.

Forgive me when I perceive the quietly part as punishment! Your salvation is more poignant there.

Therefore, I will hope in him!

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Heavenly Lord, YOU are amazing. You supply for every need before it arises. You go before, You guard behind, You shelter us under Your tender wing. Thank You for showing such patience with my bitterness and grief. I love You. In Jesus' Name, Amen...

Have you ever tried this method of dissecting a passage from the Bible? Does this restore your hope in Him?


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