Tue December 12, 2017

Daily Devotion

Daily Devotion - Dec12

 




 

Bible Portion

Micah 3

1 And I said: " Hear now, O heads of Jacob, And you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice?

2  You who hate good and love evil; Who strip the skin from My people, And the flesh from their bones;

3  Who also eat the flesh of My people, Flay their skin from them, Break their bones, And chop them in pieces Like meat for the pot, Like flesh in the caldron."

4  Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, Because they have been evil in their deeds.

5  Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets Who make my people stray; Who chant "Peace" While they chew with their teeth, But who prepare war against him Who puts nothing into their mouths:

6  " Therefore you shall have night without vision, And you shall have darkness without divination; The sun shall go down on the prophets, And the day shall be dark for them.

7  So the seers shall be ashamed, And the diviners abashed; Indeed they shall all cover their lips; For there is no answer from God."

8  But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, And of justice and might, To declare to Jacob his transgression And to Israel his sin.

9  Now hear this, You heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And pervert all equity,

10  Who build up Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with iniquity:

11  Her heads judge for a bribe, Her priests teach for pay, And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, " Is not the LORD among us? No harm can come upon us."

12  Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest.

Micah 4

1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.

2  Many nations shall come and say, " Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

3  He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.

4  But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

5  For all people walk each in the name of his god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God Forever and ever.

6  " In that day," says the LORD, " I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted;

7  I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever.

8  And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem."

9  Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counselor perished? For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor.

10  Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, Like a woman in birth pangs. For now you shall go forth from the city, You shall dwell in the field, And to Babylon you shall go. There you shall be delivered; There the LORD will redeem you From the hand of your enemies.

11  Now also many nations have gathered against you, Who say, "Let her be defiled, And let our eye look upon Zion."

12  But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, Nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor.

13  " Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; For I will make your horn iron, And I will make your hooves bronze; You shall beat in pieces many peoples; I will consecrate their gain to the LORD, And their substance to the Lord of the whole earth."

Meditation

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” (Gen.1:31)

Beloved! After creating the heaven, the earth and everything thereof, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Gen.1:27). Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. He rested on the seventh day and sanctified and blessed everything that He had made. What could be the purpose of God to create man? I will explain three things to you. Firstly, they shall declare my praise (Isa.43:21). Once on a holiday, my daughter had come to our home from America. We used to take her 3-year-old daughter to the beach in the evening. On a full moon day, the light of the moon reflected on the sea. The sand was shining as gold. As soon as my 3-year-old grand daughter saw that, she revealed her surprise, saying, ‘Thank you Jesus.’ She, who had to thank the grandfather and grandmother for taking her to the beach, thanked the Lord. Yes, beloved! Be thankful. Secondly, He created them male and female and told them to be one, not as two. We can see the triune God revealing this truth (Gen.2:24; Mar.10:8; Eph.5:31). We can see Lord the God, Lord Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit revealing this through Paul. Have Jesus as your Saviour. The threefold cord is not quickly broken. Be of one mind, not as two. This is the desire of God. Thirdly, the Lord explains the purpose of creating them male and female in Mal.2:15. We see the Lord saying, “He created them male and female to bear a godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.” Grow the children earnestly in the knowledge of the Lord and in the fear of the Lord. Imbibe the word of the Lord in your heart and teach your children earnestly. The days of your life will be lengthened.

Prayer: Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion. Amen!