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Feb. 14th, 2008

jse4

Micah 6

 

 1Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

 2Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

 3O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.

 4For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

 5O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

 6Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

 7Will 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?

 8He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 9The LORD's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

 10Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

 11Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

 12For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

 13Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

 14Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

 15Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

 16For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
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biblegateway.com Notes:

God's controversy with Israel.

 

The people are called upon to declare why they were weary of God's worship, and prone to idolatry. Sin causes the controversy between God and man. God reasons with us, to teach us to reason with ourselves. Let them remember God's many favours to them and their fathers, and compare with them their unworthy, ungrateful conduct toward him. (Mic 6:6-8)
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My Notes:

The Israelites are refusing to worship for fear of their sin, which makes them weary.  They are worshiping to false idols, I'd think similar to the Pastors we are fighting today.  It also calls for us to repent from our sins.

I fear everyday just the little things, like if I put something in the right place or say the right thing.  The best thing to do is to pray for the right thing & think about what you're doing.  Even thinking about if the great things should come our way in life, I think about what we have in our lives & thank the lord for what we do have.  We pray for true happiness in life, but we are to serve him with what we have.

Speaking of false idols, our only true leader is the lord himself.  We shall not follow false idols like a one man leader, we need to all work together to get the right thing done.  We currently fight the power of churches with pastors and nations with leaders, but they all need a knowledable team to figure it out.

--Hope that all sums it up.  As of now, the rotation has come back to me to write this chapter, everyone's been busy.  As always, I pray for more time to for all of us to just breate & so we can get together and talk about everything.

--Next chapter is MICAH 7 with Brittany due February 28.  Could someone post the order for the books we're reading, just so we have an idea?--Thanks!  Lord Bless!

Jan. 4th, 2008

Sleeping Usagi

moon_princess87

Micah Chapter 5

1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

~ Micah is telling Israel to prepare itself for a seige. The ruling king "the judge" will be taken from them.

2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

~ This verse tells where Jesus was gonna be born. He was born in Bethlehem Ephratah. It says that even though it is just a little place in all of Judah, Jesus the ruler of Israel will come. I don't really know why it says "goings forth"...maybe because he comes more than just once to earth...idk. The verse predicts his coming.

3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

~ Travaileth means painfully difficult or burdensome work, but it also means the pain of childbirth. So when it says she travaileth I think its talking about Mary. The verse predicts his rejection.

4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

~ This is talking about the Messiah setting up his millennial kingdom. The verse predicts his exaltation.

5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.


~ The Assyrians were the Israelites biggest enemy in Micah's day. I think it is just being generally used for all the enemies in this verse. I don't know the relevance of "seven shepherds and eight principal men" other than defense....but the people that try to lay waste to Israel will in turn be made waste themselves. The Messiah will deliver them from thier enemies.

7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

~ The millenial rein will be a source of refreshment for the believing Gentiles.

8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

~ To the people that resist Messiahs universal rein the remnant of Jacob will be like lions that will kill them...and no one can save them.

9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

~ Israels enemies will all be defeated and they will raise their hand in victory.

10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

~ The people will not be able to put their trust in the weapons that they have, God removes it all.

11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:

~ All the cities that they put trust in will be demolished.

12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

~ All of the false worshipers will be done away with. Soothsaying is divination.

13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

~ The idols and shrines will be destroyed and no longer worshiped.

14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.

~ Groves are shrines. The cities that carry on these practices will be done away with. God wants all their trust to be in him, not on these earthy things. This is a judgement on all those that don't practice righteousness, but a blessing to those that do.

15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.

~ This is a judgement on all of the gentiles who are the source of the problems. He not only is destroying the evil, but also the roots of it.

Please comment on anything I didn't get...some of the stuff in this chapter I didn't really understand so correct me if I am wrong. Next chapter is 6 and Jamie due by the 18th.

Dec. 21st, 2007

jse4

Micah 4

1But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 

 2And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

 3And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 4But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

 5For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

 6In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

 7And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

 8And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

 9Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

 10Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

 11Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

 12But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

 13Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
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Here's a note that I got from biblegateway.com:


The peace of the kingdom of Christ.

The nations have not yet so submitted to the Prince of Peace, as to beat their swords into ploughshares, nor has war ceased. But very precious promises these are, relating to the gospel church, which will be more and more fulfilled, for He is faithful that has promised. There shall be a glorious church for God set up in the world, in the last days, in the days of the Messiah. Christ himself will build it upon a rock. The Gentiles worshipped their idol gods; but in the period spoken

of, the people will cleave to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and delight in doing his will. The word to �halteth, to � describes those who walk not according to the Divine word. The collecting the captives from Babylon was an earnest of healing, purifying, and prospering the church; and the reign of Christ shall continue till succeeded by the everlasting kingdom of heaven. Let us stir up each other to attend the ordinances of God, that we may learn his holy ways, and walk in them, receiving

the law from his hands, which, being written in our hearts by his Spirit, may show our interest in the Redeemer's righteousness. (Mic 4:9-13)
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My notes:

What I got from this chapter is that many people will want to come to the kingdom of the lord, but will be judged.  I read about far off nations & they should not learn war, which says to me that the nations in war will be judged.

--Sorry I took so long to write, I pray everyday for more time & the right circumstances.  Even more time for all of us to get together.

I suppose we all agreed to the two weeks rule: We have two weeks to write our chapter or it follows to the next person...
Micah 5 is due January 4.
It will be written by Brittany.

The people following are written in order:  Holly, Jamie, Josh, Jim, Brittany

It would feel great to get our Bible Study on track again.  Thanks everyone!

Nov. 20th, 2007

Zoisite (Bright)

moon_princess87

Update...

Well Bailey (leah's niece) went to get another MRI done today and no fluid was found on her spine (which is what they were looking for) BUT, they are going ahead with the surgery tomorrow (20th) morning. If you guys see this prayers are definatly needed. I hope everything works out ok.

Nov. 16th, 2007

Draco Malfoy

moon_princess87

Prayer needed

I just wanted to post this so everyone could pray about it. My friend Leah from work has a niece that is 3 years old. She has been in Rainbows Hospital for the past couple of days because she passed out and they didn't know why. Today they found out why. In her brain, her cerebellum is too low and is blocking the fluid that needs to go into her spine because of it. She is going to have to have surgery to fix this problem. I just thought that it would be great if everyone could pray for her, I will try to update after she has the surgery. It will probably be sometime next week. Thanks.

Oct. 30th, 2007

Draco Malfoy

moon_princess87

Micah 3

1And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

2Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

3Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

4Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

5Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

6Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

7Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

8But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

9Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

10They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

11The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

12Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.



In this passage I believe is about Judgment. It is kind of a difficult chapter for me but I tried to read it over and over to see what I could get from it. All I really got from it was that people judge for their own reward, to make themselves feel good.

Oct. 18th, 2007

J&B

jehoiada

Micah Chapter 2

1Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
 
 2And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
 
 3Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
 
<b>Every story, and every verse in God's word has a meaning for today. Something today's Christian can take to heart, and those are what I search for when I read God's word, in the first three verses the big thing that comes to mind is in verse three "against this family do I devise an evil" the writer's speaking in parable like in chapter one, but the application is still there, God's not a big fan of people coveting, oppressing, violently taking. Without righteous cause behind your actions, you're just making a fool of yourself.</b>
 
 4In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.
 
 5Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
 
 6Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.
 
 7O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
 
<b>Thus far I haven't seen Micah get much into future prophecy (which is what I'm looking for)  but he has a lot to say about God's chosen people, which when reading the verses kind of goes without saying, one thing I did want to note is the word LORD. In the new testament whenever the word Lord is used, it refers to God the son, Jesus Christ. But in the old testament the word LORD means God the father, that is the reason why it is in all caps, it's to keep it distinguished.</b>
 
 8Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.
 
 9The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.
 
 10Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.
 
 11If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
 
 12I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
 
 13The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.
 

<b>I always had trouble with these books, which is why I never read them, also the reason I wanted to because I know there's plenty in them to take in, but something I see here is the message to not continue in the mistakes they've made, that continuing the path they're on (which is a path of covetousness, stealing, causing trouble etc.) will ultimately lead to their destruction. If chapter one was indeed talking about Israel, then chapter 2 is telling them to get their act together, or they'll end up seriously regretting it.
 
That's all I have for this chapter, PLEASE don't be hesitant to add, it would be stupid of any of us to take for granted this opportunity God gave us to study together and grow closer to him.
 
Chapter 3: Josh
Chapter 4: Jimmy
Chapter 5: Brittany
Chapter 6: Holly
Chapter 7: Jamie</b>

Oct. 9th, 2007

Love Me

iam4him

(no subject)

Micah 1

1. The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

First off I always like to see where the people writing the books came from. This says that Micah is a Morasthite, which means he's from Moresheth. You can see it on this map: http://www.lmlk.com/research/lmlk_geo.htm It's at H-40.

It's also interesting to know the time in which they were writing. This says it was in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. I searched the internet and got a lot of different dates for their reign. Generally though people agreed on somewhere in the 700s B.C., but before the destruction by the Assyrians in 722. So things that were going on during this time probably included the following:

Homer wrote the Iliad and the Oddessey
The Olympic games started in Greece
Rome is founded
It's important to remember that at this time the Kingdom was split into Isreal in the north and Judah and the South.

Now the final thing we learn from this verse is that Micah has received a message from the Lord which concerns Samaria and Jerusalem. Once again here is a map: http://www.palestinefacts.org/images/map_israel_judea_samaria.jpg Samaria is not only the region specified but also a city which was the capital of Isreal. Jerusalem was the capital of Judah. So I think that this is supposed to be a warning to all of the Jewish people.

2. Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the LORD from his holy temple.

This is an introduction to the book asking for everyone to listen and saying that the Lord is a witness that he gave them a message. If they don't listen it will be on their heads. Also, at this time, the temple in Jerusalem had not been destroyed, so that is his holy temple.

3. For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

The most I can get out of this is that Jesus will tread upon Jerusalem (see vs. 5), but I'm not sure what that means.

4. And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

I do not understand exactly what verse 3 and 4 are saying, so if anyone does I would greatly appreciate an explanation.

5. For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

I particularly like this explanation of the time in which Micah was writing that helps us understand this verse "Micah prophesied during a period of upheaval and crisis. The reign of Ahaz brought spiritual lethargy, apostasy and hypocrisy. The people still worshipped Yahweh, but it was ritual without life-changing reality. Their treatment of fellow Israelites violated the basic tenants of the Mosaic covenant as they failed to practice justice, or covenant loyalty-love and their pursuit of idolatry revealed their failure to walk humbly before Yahweh."

6. Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.

This is talking about the punishment that will be on Israel. He will destroy it. An important thing to note is that when the Assyrians attacked Samaria they actually threw the stones of the city into the valley.

7. And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

During this time Baal worship had become the norm in Israel. One commentary I read said that there were in prostitutes in the temples. So when he says that the idols were gathered by the hire of an harlot they're talking about how the money from the prostitution paid for the idols. When they talk about how it shall return to the harlot, it's because when the Assyrian soldiers come in, they will use the money they loot to pay for prostitutes.

8. Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

Here Micah is talking about what he will do when all this happens. He says he will mourn the destruction of Israel.

9. For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Here the "her" is Samaria. The wound is Baal worship. He says that now this Baal worship has even come to Judah.

10. Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

This is talking about not letting their enemies know what has happened. Gath is actually the city Goliath came from, thus a Philistine city. He says don't cry in front of your enemies, don't let them see your weakness. But he also tells them they do need to mourn. Rolling themselves in dust was a way of mourning for them.

11. Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

In these verse Micah uses a play on words when it comes to the cities. Saphir means "delightful", and their shame is being shown nakedly. Zaanan means comes out and Bethezel means neighbors house, but the inhabitants of Zaana are NOT coming out to mourn the destruction of their neighbors.

I don't understand what it means bu "he shall receive of you his standing" though.

12. For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Maroth means bitterness but they are waiting for good things to happen. However, punishment from the Lord will come down.

13. O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Lachish means impregnable, but they are going to bind their chariots (retreat). She is the beginning of sin because Lachish was the first city to give in to idolatry and from there it spread.

14. Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

The presents are actually help against the enemies (Assyrians). Lachish is told to send aid to Moreshethgath. Achzib means liar, and the people there will be a lie or disappointment to the Kings because the town will fall so quickly.

15. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

Mareshah means possessor and they are going to soon be posessed by the enemy. That is the heir that is talked about. Adullam means their testimony. It was the place that David hid from Saul in the caves. It was the glory of Isreal and even there the enemies would go.

16. Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

Part of their mourning process was either shaving their heads or tearing out their hear. I don't completely get the end of the verse though.

Chapter 2: Jamie
Chapter 3: Josh
Chapter 4: Jimmy
Chapter 5: Brittany
Chapter 6: Holly
Chapter 7: Jamie

Oct. 7th, 2007

Love Me

iam4him

(no subject)

Hey just wanted to let everyone know that I am almost done with the first chapter of micah, but I got sick tonight and had to chill out writhing on my bed for awhile so I didn't finish but I will finish and post it tomorrow after works. ^_^

Sep. 24th, 2007

Love Me

iam4him

(no subject)

Okay so the two books that got the most votes were Matthew and Proverbs, so vote on the ONE you would most like to do. I think starting on October 1st would be good so please vote ASAP.

Poll #1060702 Which Book?

Which of these two books do you most want to study?

Matthew
2(40.0%)
Proverbs
3(60.0%)

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