Prayer- Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Micah 1:8-16 (New International Version, ©2011)Weeping and Mourning8 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.
9 For Samaria’s plague is incurable;
it has spread to Judah.
It has reached the very gate of my people,
even to Jerusalem itself.
10 Tell it not in Gath[a];
weep not at all.
In Beth Ophrah[b]
roll in the dust.
11 Pass by naked and in shame,
you who live in Shaphir.[c]
Those who live in Zaanan[d]
will not come out.
Beth Ezel is in mourning;
it no longer protects you.
12 Those who live in Maroth[e] writhe in pain,
a99 waiting for relief,
because disaster has come from the LORD,
even to the gate of Jerusalem. 13 You who live in Lachish,
harness fast horses to the chariot.
You are where the sin of Daughter Zion began,
for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
14 Therefore you will give parting gifts
to Moresheth Gath.
The town of Akzib[f] will prove deceptive
to the kings of Israel.
15 I will bring a conqueror against you
who live in Mareshah.[g]
The nobles of Israel
will flee to Adullam.
16 Shave your head in mourning
for the children in whom you delight;
make yourself as bald as the vulture,
for they will go from you into exile.
1. Why are these things happening?
2. Can the people do anything to protect themselves?
3. Will Jerusalem be spared?
Prayer- Lord, give us peace and wisdom as we work for You. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.Micah is telling how God will devastate the country. One thing you have to admit, he is a hands on prophet. He goes town by town telling how the devastation will be. Micah uses some literary tools that would be a little better known to the people of the time as he goes town by town. Scholars say he uses puns on the names, however-we don’t know the names so that is lost. Bummer-no one likes a good pun more than I. The people will be conquered, lead off and then go into mourning. Happy Thoughts.