Saturday, October 5, 2019

October 5 - Micah 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Micah 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Today begins the book of Micah, who was another one of God’s prophets. In this opening chapter, he chastises the people of Israel for their sins of lying & worshipping idols. He also predicts the destruction that will happen in Israel and promises it will be fully restored.
  • Micah uses illustrations of natural forces to convey the power of God’s destruction (see verse 4) and explains that sins of the people were the reason for God’s wrath. Specifically, the sin of idolatry is highlighted (see verse 7).
  • The second half of chapter 1 offers intense descriptions of suffering and Micah weeps over God’s coming judgement even though it is justified. The sins of the people are like an incurable and terminal disease (see verse 9), and they are instructed to prepare themselves for mourning (see verse 16).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Idolatry just means putting something ahead of God. The people of Israel said they trusted God but they their actions told a different story.
  • God wants his people to be all in with him because he himself is perfect. He will examine hearts and gives his people free will to follow him. If they choose to pursue a life of hypocrisy, deception, and insincerity, they are choosing an impure life and the consequences that result from it.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Where do you put your trust? In money? Your career? Relationships? If you’re not quite sure you go all in with God yet, that’s ok! He’s glad you’re here checking things out! Take a minute right now to let God know what questions are on your mind.
  • Is there a fellow Verver that you could text today to have a conversation about what it looks like to trust God? If you don’t know another Verver yet, come check out one of our services this weekend and you’ll be sure to meet a friendly face or two who would love to have a conversation with you!