Focus Verse: Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl. (8)
Because of their sins, Micah prophesies that Samaria and Jerusalem will be judged by God. However, he is not happy about their coming punishment. He weeps and mourns for them. We know that those who do not make peace with God during their lifetime will be judged by Him and doomed to eternal punishment in hell. This knowledge should distress us to the point that we are doing all we can to save them from such destruction.
Focus Verse: Therefore, the Lord says: “I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity. (3)
Humans plan evil. God plans righteous justice in the form of disaster.
Focus Verse: Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.” (11)
Israel had many rulers and prophets who mercilessly afflicted the people they were reigning. They repeatedly lied to the ones they were leading. Even today there are some Christian/religious leaders who only do their good deeds for money, but claim to have God’s support. We should not be deceived. God is not behind those who rip pennies from the poor. He does not hear the prayers of those who hate good and love evil.
When it is all over down here, these false leaders will ask God, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” They will be shocked to hear Him answer, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
Focus Verse: Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (13)
Are we as devoted to Jesus the Christ as Paul was? Are we ready to be imprisoned or go through some other uncomfortable situation for Him? Are we ready to die for Him? Perhaps one day we will have the chance to answer those questions. But at the moment, we face an equally important question: Are we living for Him? It takes just as much courage to live for Christ as it does to die for Him. In a world of unbelief, are we walking by faith? In a society of selfishness, are we serving others? In a culture of lies, are we speaking truth? Amid hate, do we show love? Amid darkness, is our light shining? It may not be God’s will for me or you to be martyrs for Him. He may want us to be faithful living witnesses until He calls us home.