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Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, July 9, 2018
Micah FYI: The first verse establishes Micah as the author. Beyond that, little is known about him. His parentage is not given, but his name suggests a godly heritage. He traces his roots to the town of Moresheth (1:1,14), located in the foothills of Judah, approximately 25 mi. SW of Jerusalem, on the border of Judah and Philistia, near Gath. From a productive agricultural area, he was like Amos, a country resident removed from the national politics and religion, yet chosen by God (3:8) to deliver a message of judgment to the princes and people of Jerusalem. Micah places his prophecy during the reigns of Jotham (750–731 B.C.), Ahaz (731–715 B.C.), and Hezekiah (715–686 B.C.). His indictments of social injustices and religious corruption renew the theme of Amos (mid-eighth century B.C.) and his contemporaries, Hosea in the N (ca. 755–710 B.C.) and in the S Isaiah (ca. 739–690 B.C.). This fits that which is known about the character of Ahaz (2 Kin. 16:10–18) and his son Hezekiah prior to his sweeping spiritual reformations (2 Chr. 29; 31:1). His references to the imminent fall of Samaria (1:6) clearly position him before 722 B.C., at approximately 735–710 B.C. www.gty.org
Micah 1:1 “The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah—the vision he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.”
Micah 2:12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. 13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.”
Micah 3:1 “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice, 2 you who hate good and love evil…”
Micah 4;1 “In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.”
Hebrews 6:4 “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
There has been much written about Hebrews 6… regarding “falling away” and what that means.
I believe very much that, as it states in the Gospel of John (10:27-29), “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
I know there must be some point at which our sin catches up to us… If we say we are believers/Christians/Christ-followers, that there should be some evidence of that in our lives… Or if we “reject” Christ altogether (that somehow we make a conscious decision to walk out from under the umbrella of his grace? If that is even possible…)
… I firmly believe that we can’t out-sin God’s grace. That he has a firm grip on his. And it’s not about me holding on to him, it’s about HIM holding on to ME. That as it states in Romans, “Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more.” We cannot use that as an excuse to live outside of the guidelines of scripture… But as soon as we make it about our faith, or my walk or the works I do, it becomes about ME and what I do… and that can never be. It is and always has to be about HIS GRACE at work within us… about him holding on to ME, not me holding on to him. Jesus said NO ONE… CAN OR WILL… no one can or will snatch us from his hand! Period. It’s about him holding tightly on to us, because of HIS great love for US!
Thank you Lord that you have me securely in your hands. Nothing can separate me from your love! Romans 8:38 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.