Hear, O mountains, the Lord's controversy, and you strong and enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has a controversy (a pleading contention) with His people, and He will contend with Israel.
O My people, what have I done to you? And in what have I wearied you? Testify against Me !
For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house where you were bond servants, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
O My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him; from God reminds His people of His gracious acts in their behalf--how Balak sought to oppose Israel through pagan divination, sending for Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites; how God saved Israel by causing Balaam to bless instead of curse; and how God later led them across the Jordan River into the promised land, from Shittim (Josh. 3:1) to Gilgal (Josh. 4:19).Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous and saving acts of the Lord.
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?
The voice of the Lord calls to the city --and it is sound wisdom to hear and fear Your name--Hear (heed) the rod and Him Who has appointed it.
Are there not still treasures gained by wickedness in the house of the wicked, and a scant measure that is abominable and accursed?
Can I be pure with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights?
For rich men are full of violence; her inhabitants have spoken lies and their tongues are deceitful in their mouths.
Therefore I have also smitten you with a deadly wound and made you sick, laying you desolate, waste, and deserted because of your sins.
You shall eat but not be satisfied, and your emptiness and hunger shall remain in you; you shall carry away but fail to save them, and those you do deliver I will give to the sword.
You shall sow but not reap; you shall tread olives but not anoint yourselves with oil, and the grapes but not drink the wine.
For the statutes of Omri you have kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and you walk in their counsels. Therefore I will make you a desolation and an astonishment and your inhabitants a hissing, and you shall bear the reproach and scorn of My people.
Summary: We have a choice. We can live in the grasp of sin and evil, or we can give our hearts over to Jesus. He gave everything He had, including his life, to rescue us from sin, so it’s only fair that we give Him everything we have, including our lives.
Summary: For the entire past century and longer, the Christian view of spirituality has been on trial in this country. Before Christ was born Micah saw that his nation and every individual must find their real life, their spiritual life through trusting the Lord.
Summary: The prophetic literature is full of instances when the prophet acts as an agent of the heavenly court who informs the people of God that God holds a grievance against them. There was a total disrespect for their fellow man. The forgot "All Lives Matter"
Summary: When you sin, don’t wallow in self-pity and make these absurd promises to God that you know you can’t keep. Just be honest with God -- admit that you've sinned -- and go back to following Him. That’s all he wants.
Summary: We are engaged in a spiritual war. A serious battle. For the Christian, faith is not spelled "F-A-I-T-H" it is spelled "R-I-S-K." If something is not a risk, then it really does not require faith.