Monday, June 29, 2015

Micah, Day 1 Readings

Warnings of Punishment  

Today's reading is the beginning of Micah, the prophet who tried to give direction amid the decline of the kingdom of Judah.  It begins with warnings of punishment for wrong -- idolatry in Samaria (the northern kingdom of Israel) and a list of sins in Judah.  Promising that the destruction will be complete, and that even Jerusalem will be captured, it gives ways that people have stopped following God's teaching.

Here, the greatest sin of Judah is not idolatry, but an unfaithful way of life.  The people are mistreating each other -- instead of living together in harmony, there is selfishness and greed.  Evidently, people were willing to do bad things to their neighbors (and maybe even family members) in order to "get ahead."  Even so, this long warning of destruction and punishment is followed by a hope for reunification of God's people from the two kingdoms into one peaceful kingdom.

Read Micah 1:1-2:13  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Micah 1-2 today.