Today you should read: Micah 2
Anytime a passage of scripture opens with a “woe”, get ready to experience conviction. There are lots of “woes” in the Bible, all of which give us stern warnings on godliness, obedience, and sin. Today’s passage, Micah 2, is no exception. Here’s what it says:
Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand. (Micah 2:1 ESV)
You might be wondering, “What will happen if we devise wickedness and evil?” Where is the retribution in this “woe”? Well, God gives us some pretty stern words:
Therefore thus says the LORD: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster. In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, “We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me! To an apostate he allots our fields.” (Micah 2:3-4 ESV)
This passage spoke specifically about those mistreating God’s people and God’s holy land. The rest of the passage speaks of the foolishness of those in Israel. They were allowing false teachers to preach messages contrary to the Lord’s law. God was displeased, and yet in verses 12-13, we see God’s awesome promise to gather Israel once again.
Alright… so back to the “woe”. What is the lesson learned today? The first thing we learn ties in with the overarching truth of the Bible: God is holy. Never forget it. He is set apart. He is pure. If He wasn’t pure, how could He offer this “woe”? Secondly: God’s holiness demands holiness. We are supposed to be like Him. We must avoid “devising wickedness” at all costs. We must life above reproach.
The reality is, though, that none of us is perfect. While we may think we are good people, we all fall short of God’s glory. Even the most “Christian” of us miss His mark. Today, be grateful that you are clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Be thankful that while you are guilty of this “woe”, you serve a God of second chances.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor
4 thoughts on “November 26, 2018”
Good word today Todd. I am grateful to serve a God of second, third, fourth…… chances. Far too often I’m a slow learner and make the same mistakes over and over.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
Maybe I’m thick in the head this early in the morning but I was a little confused by the verses this morning. I understand the part that you explained, but just to be clear; God is saying His people have devised evil, they have allowed false prophets and teachers in their fold, He will discipline them, and remove them from the land and lead them as their God again? Is that the basic synopsis of this chapter?
Yes, for the most part that is right. The point is that his people continued to go their own way, and he is promising to bring them in Messiah who will lead them in righteousness.
Just want to make sure I understand fully.