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July 19 – Micah 3

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Micah prophesied to God’s people in Judah. He called them to repent and to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Micah 3

Leaders and Prophets Rebuked

Then I said,
“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of Israel.
Should you not embrace justice,
    you who hate good and love evil;
who tear the skin from my people
    and the flesh from their bones;
who eat my people’s flesh,
    strip off their skin
    and break their bones in pieces;
who chop them up like meat for the pan,
    like flesh for the pot?”
Then they will cry out to the Lord,
    but he will not answer them.
At that time he will hide his face from them
    because of the evil they have done.
This is what the Lord says:
“As for the prophets
    who lead my people astray,
they proclaim ‘peace’
    if they have something to eat,
but prepare to wage war against anyone
    who refuses to feed them.
Therefore night will come over you, without visions,
    and darkness, without divination.
The sun will set for the prophets,
    and the day will go dark for them.
The seers will be ashamed
    and the diviners disgraced.
They will all cover their faces
    because there is no answer from God.”
But as for me, I am filled with power,
    with the Spirit of the Lord,
    and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression,
    to Israel his sin.
Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of Israel,
who despise justice
    and distort all that is right;
10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
    and Jerusalem with wickedness.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,
    her priests teach for a price,
    and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,
    “Is not the Lord among us?
    No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you,
    Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
    the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

SOAP Note

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Scripture

Micah 3:5

Observation

When people disagree with the popular opinion, war is declared. Love is only for those who support us. It’s the “if you’re not for us, you’re against us” mentality, and that is not the attitude God called us to have.

Application

It’s all about relationships. It’s easy to get upset with people whose views and opinions are different than ours when we aren’t connected with them. The internet, and social media especially, has developed a war environment because of how easy it is to disagree and get angry without any real repercussions. But if we develop real, in-person relationships with people, we can develop a peaceful environment and learn to love each other despite our differences – which is how God called us to love anyway!

Prayer

Father, You are Love. We know You love us and that You call us to love others in the same way. We’re sorry for not always following Your example, but we thank You for the example You set and for these reminders to stay vigilant. We love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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