Do not preach…


I found this an interesting read this morning.  Micah was a prophet from the same time as Isaiah, about 700-800 years before Christ.  Apparently people have never been interested in hearing the truth, even from the prophets of God.  One difference would be that Isaiah wrote to the royalty and upper levels of society, Micah was writing to the common people.
 
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. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.   One of those “woes” in the bible.  The people Micah is talking about did not simply do evil spur-of-the-moment.  They planned it , woke up early, and showed up at the crack of dawn to execute their evil plans.   Wherever they could, they would take from others, not just present property, but what was to come in the future as well.

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.” Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the Lord.   A prophecy that would soon be fulfilled of hard times for Israel.  The family here is the nation of Israel, the disaster will be like a heavy yoke around their necks which they will be unable to remove.  All those they have oppressed will remember the oppression and remind them of it.   No one will be advocating for them when the time came to re-allocate property.

“Do not preach”—thus they preach— “one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.”   As usual, something in the OT that seems like it was written by us, that really had nothing to do with us.   Israel’s pride kept them from listening to the prophets.  The prophets were very unpopular in their time, just as people who teach the truth today are and will remain very unpopular.   The people of Israel had all their own answers, over and over they tried to do things their own way.  There were Sabbath years written into the law, as well as guidelines for returning property after a time back to their original owners.  Then, as now, the idols of material possessions overtook serving the God who had not only created them, but performed miracles and specifically delivered them from their own oppression.  

Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Has the Lord grown impatient? Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly? But lately my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war.   False prophets of the time were saying the Lord had become impatient.  In truth, He had been very patient with His people, but they had turned away from Him. They had forgotten they were all brothers, and were treating each other like enemies instead.   People could not even walk through the land Israel without being attacked and robbed.

The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever.   The widow and the children of those who had died, who always have been singled out for protection by God, are not protected from the people’s greed.  They seize property everywhere, forcing many of these unprotected ones into selling themselves into slavery because they have nothing left.

Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction.   A warning that people should leave Israel.  It was to become a land of destruction, instead of hope, because of the evil if the people.

 If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!  The people want to hear what they want to hear!!  Some things never change. We think things have never been like they are now, but when I read some of the Old Testament it seems like we are just going down the same roads people have always gone.  We want to do whatever it is we want to do.  We want to be our own Gods.  Always have and always will.  We’ve been looking from the beginning for someone to tell us this is the case. Starting right in the garden with the serpent, we will listen to anyone who tells us we can be God.  So starting with the “enlightenment”, on to Darwin and his theory of evolution, to today’s naturalism and moral relativism, we have lots of voices telling us we are our own Gods.  Whatever makes us feel good can be our God.  Truth is whatever we say it is.  Of course, some truths are not allowed to be taught to our schoolchildren, or even mentioned.   Our diversity is a very selective diversity, which really is no diversity at all.  But that’s the truth of the day – no truth at all.  The preacher for this people – the one who tells us whatever we want to hear!!







“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. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance. 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.” Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the Lord. “Do not preach”—thus they preach— “one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Has the Lord grown impatient? Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly? But lately my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war. The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever. Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction. If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!”
‭‭Micah‬ ‭2:1-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/mic.2.1-11.esv

 

John Lewis

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4 thoughts on “Do not preach…

  1. “Whatever makes us feel good can be our God.”
    Yyyep. Everyone seems to be living by the YOLO mantra.
    An ex-boyfriend recently said, “I feel like you focus too much on what you should and shouldn’t do. Just have fun.”
    *blink blink*
    And he wonders why he’s an ex. [He and his daughter are actually the ones who sent me running toward God. Much more about that in upcoming chapters.]

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  2. Amen. John, given this post and reading your subtitle “healthy people
    don’t need a doctor,” I have on my heart to suggest you read at least the introduction to a Bible study the Lord led me to write, and the whole study, if He so leads you. Here’s a link to the contents: Looking Into God’s Word on the Cause and Eradication of Disease – The Lord Is With Us
    https://thelordiswithus.com/looking-into-gods-word-on-the-cause-and-eradication-of-disease-2/

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