Friday, September 07 2012
Verse of the Day: V4 “Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.”
1. The Sins Of The Princes (V1-4)
V1 “And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?”
God through Prophet Micah pronounced severe judgement upon the people of Jacob or Israel as their princes had sinned against Him. The princes were unfit to judge the sins of the people, and to lead them, because they were also in sins. This was why God refused to hear their prayers and hid His face from them when they cried to Him for deliverance.
V4 “Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.”
2. The Sins Of The Prophets (V5-10)
V5 “Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.”
Not only the princes sinned against God, even the prophets, God’s spokesmen, sinned against Him. The prophets preached for money. They preached on worldly success, fame and fortune, instead of exhorting them to trust and obey God’s Word and commandments.
V7 “Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.”
3. The Sins Of The Priests (V11-12)
V11 “The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.”
Not only the princes and the prophets sinned against God, even the priests, sinned against Him. The priests also served for money. All of them pretended to serve, worship and lean upon the Lord, but God saw their wickedness and their love for money, and sent their enemies to invade and destroy all that they loved, and even destroyed many of their lives.
V12 “Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to flee from the love of money and hear my prayers.