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Micah 1False Idols

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Golden Calf

Commentary will fill in any questions we have about the cities and places named in today’s Noontime.  Even without the detail of who is who and where is where and what is what . . . we know the message: Put aside all false idols and return to God. 

It is likely that Micah’s prophesy saved a nation for a time. “Micah is remembered in Jeremiah 26:18 as having uttered words of doom against Zion and Jerusalem that prompted Hezekiah to repent”.  (Mays, 660)  And it is likely that Micah’s prophesy can save us as well.  All of these names in the opening chapter might be removed and the names of our own cities and nations inserted.  What would we do if we heard these pronouncements about our hometown . . . our favorite shopping locations . . . the places in which our loved ones reside?

Sennacherib sweeps into the Israelite homeland to take forty-some cities, including Jerusalem.  He also takes many captives.  This could have been avoided if the people had turned back to God instead of becoming addicted their unhealthy ways.  Micah does not treat lightly God’s message he has been asked to deliver.  He is unambiguous and exact.  When we study scripture closely, we know that there is always a clear, appropriate and certain consequence for sins of omission and commission.  About this there is no doubt.  And so we pray . . .

Merciful and forgiving God, you send your prophets to us to warn us, to urge us, to exhort us to change.  Yet we are convinced somehow that we can barter when the time comes, that we can out-maneuver you, that we can hide our secrets from you, that our false idols will keep us safe and warm and whole.  Help us to see that you are wholeness and truth and so you know nothing but truth; and if we wish to live in you we must become accustomed to casting away all idols and dark secrets.  Help us to understand that you are safety and mercy and so you know nothing but mercy; and if we wish to live in you we must become accustomed to casting away all thought of envy and revenge.  Help us to believe that you are comfort and love and so you are nothing but love; and if we wish to live in you we must become accustomed to acting in love and compassion always.  We ask this through Jesus Christ your son who witnesses is your presence among us, together with the Holy Spirit who is your comfort dwelling in us.  Amen. 


A re-post from October 29, 2011.

Image from: http://leftcoastvoices.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/3944/ 

Mays, James L., ed.  HARPERCOLLINS BIBLE COMMENTARY. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1988. 660. Print.

 

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

confidence1 John 5:14-15

A Prayer for Confidence

Now that we have taken in this first letter to us from the Apostle John, let us raise our prayer together as we ask for confidence in ourselves and in God’s love for us.

As we reflect on Chapter I: For those days when we have forgotten that God is light that overcomes all darkness, we pray: Wonderful God, remind us that there is no dark place or time that you cannot touch. For those nights when we long to connect to others, we pray: Generous God, remind us that we find you in our relationships with others.

As we reflect on Chapter 2: For those times when we believe that your universe is a duality of either or, we pray: Patient God, teach us that you are both real and ideal. For those moments when we take sides in hostile camps, we pray: Persistent God, teach us how we are both human and divine.

As we reflect on Chapter 3: For those places in which we cannot discern the weeds from the wheat, we pray: Wise God, show us how our reliance on you means that we leave life’s winnowing in your hands. For those spaces in which we forget how to act as your true children, we pray: Timeless God, show us that we already have eternal life.

As we reflect on Chapter 4: For those people who bring strife into our lives, we pray: Powerful God, guide us as we test false spirits and stumble toward you. For ourselves as we struggle to foster peace rather than conflict, we pray: Wonderful God, guide us in our efforts to speak always in your language of love and to act always in your spirit.

As we reflect on Chapter 5: For the liars we make of ourselves, we pray: Compassionate God, remind us that we are always truthful when we live in you. For the speakers of truth among us, we pray: Holy God, remind us that all is possible when we live for you.

We remind ourselves of your apostle’s words: “We have this confidence in Christ, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regards to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours”.

And so we pray: Good and Gentle Christ, we ask all of this in your name. Amen.

As we continue to fully take in all that John has related to us we might be amazed to understand that God loves us always. So let us spend time today with this thought . . . We have this confidence in Christ, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regards to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours . . .

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