Take a look around you…Are you seeing leaders who are just? Are you seeing leaders who are honest? Are you seeing leaders with integrity? or…Are you seeing leaders who are manipulative? Are you seeing leaders who are unjust? Are you seeing leaders who are lying or cheating or using dishonest measures? Are you seeing leaders who are corrupt?
What if the people at the top aren’t telling the truth? What if the people at the top aren’t living lives that are ethical and moral? What if the people at the top are just trying to get away with something?
Do you see the difference when the leadership has morals? Do you see the difference when the leadership has ethics? Do you see the difference when the leadership has a biblical worldview?
How can you tell the difference? How can you know the truth? How can you do something about it?
Are they … Just Leaders? (as I thought about the statement I realized there are 2 ways to interpret that statement…Just = Only vs Just = seeking justice)
Today’s reading begins with Micah 3…
Unjust Leaders, False Prophets
1Then I said: “Hear, leaders of Jacob, rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know justice? 2You haters of good and lovers of evil, you are robbing their skin from them and their flesh from their bones.” 3Now that they have eaten the flesh of my people, stripped their skin off from them, and smashed their bones to bits, they cut it up like flesh in a pot, or like meat within a caldron. 4Then they will cry out to Adonai, but He will not answer them. Thus He will hide His face from them at that time, because of their evil deeds. 5Thus said Adonai about the prophets who are misleading My people, those who bite with their teeth and cry “Shalom”—a word that He did not put in their mouth— yet they consecrate war against him: 6“Therefore you will have night without vision, and darkness without divination. The sun shall set on the prophets, the day shall become dark upon them.” 7So the seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be abashed. Indeed all of them will cover their lips, for there will be no answer from God. 8Nevertheless I myself am filled with power— with the Ruach Adonai— with judgment, and with might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. 9Hear this, leaders of the house of Jacob, rulers of the house of Israel: You who abhor justice, and twist everything upright, 10who build up Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with injustice. 11Her leaders give judgment for a bribe. Her priests give direction for a price. Her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean on Adonai by saying: “Is not Adonai in our midst? No calamity will come upon us!” 12Therefore, because of you Zion will become a plowed field. Yes, Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, and the Temple Mount will become a high place in a forest.
–from Micah 3
Turn to God! Follow in His ways! Learn His ways! Start to live with a biblical worldview! Allow how you live to reflect who God is! Allow how you live to reflect how good God is! Allow how you live to reflect what God’s desire is!
Torah Will Go Forth From Zion
1But at the end of days the mountain of Adonai’s House will be established as chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills. Peoples will flow up to it. 2Then many nations will go and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Adonai, to the House of the God of Jacob! Then He will direct us in His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For Torah will go forth from Zion, and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem. 3He will judge between many peoples and decide for mighty nations far off. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war again. 4But each man will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one causing terror, for the mouth of Adonai-Tzva’ot has spoken. 5Though all the peoples will walk each in the name of his god, so we ourselves will walk in the Name of Adonai Eloheinu, forever and ever. 6“In that day” —it is a declaration of Adonai— “I will gather her who is limping, and her who was banished will I collect, even those whom I have afflicted. 7I will make her who was limping into a remnant, and her who was banished a mighty nation. Adonai will reign over them on Mount Zion from that time and forever.” 8But you, watchtower of the flock, are the hill of the Daughter of Zion. To you she will come. Even the former dominion will come, the kingdom of the Daughter of Jerusalem. 9Why are you crying out aloud now? Is there no King within you? Has your counselor perished, so that agony has gripped you like birth pangs? 10Writhe and give birth, Daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor. For now you will go forth from a city. You will dwell in the field, and you will come as far as Babylon. There you will be rescued. There will Adonai redeem you from the hand of your enemies. 11But now many nations have assembled against you, those who are saying, “Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze on Zion.” 12But they do not know Adonai’s thoughts, nor understand His plan. For He has gathered them like grain to a threshing floor. 13Arise and tread, Daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves bronze. You will thresh many peoples. I will devote their unjust gain to Adonai, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth. 14Now gather yourself in troops, O Daughter of Troops. He has laid siege against us. With a staff they have struck the Judge of Israel on the cheek.
–from Micah 4
Devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy! Jesus came that we would have life to the full! Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it! God is love! There is no darkness in Him!
Prayer Against an Accuser
1For the music director, a psalm of David. O God of my praise, be not silent. 2For the wicked and the deceitful have opened their mouth against me. They spoke to me with a lying tongue, 3with hateful words surrounded me, and fought against me without cause. 4In return for my love they are my accusers, but I am in prayer. 5They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my love. 6Set a wicked man over him, let an accuser stand at his right hand. 7When he is judged, let him be found guilty, and may his prayer be as sin. 8Let his days be few, let another take his position. 9May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 10Let his children wander and beg and may they search in their ruins. 11Let a creditor seize all he has, and may strangers plunder his labor. 12Let no one show him mercy, or take pity on his fatherless children. 13Let his posterity be cut off, and his name be blotted out in the next generation. 14May the guilt of his fathers be remembered before Adonai, the sin of his mother never blotted out. 15Let their sins be before Adonai continually, that He may cut off the memory of them from the earth. 16For he never remembered to show mercy. But he persecuted a poor and needy man, crushed in spirit, to put him to death. 17How he loved cursing—may it fall on him! He had no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him! 18He wore cursing like his robe, until it filled his belly like water, and his bones like oil. 19May it be like a cloak wrapped around him, like a belt tied around him always. 20Let this be Adonai’s reward to my accusers, and to those who speak evil against me. 21But You, Adonai my Lord, deal with me for Your Name’s sake. Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me. 22For I am afflicted and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23I fade away like an evening shadow, shaken off like a locust. 24My knees totter from fasting, and my flesh is lean, with no fat. 25And I have become a taunt to them. When they see me, they wag their head. 26Help me, Adonai my God, Save me through Your lovingkindness. 27Let them know that it is Your hand— that You, Adonai, have done it. 28They may curse, but You bless. When they arise, they will be ashamed, but Your servant will rejoice. 29My accusers will be clothed in disgrace, and wrapped in shame as in a cloak. 30I will greatly thank Adonai with my mouth, and in the midst of a throng will I praise Him. 31For He stands at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who condemn his soul.
–from Psalms 109
Jesus paid it all! He gave His life for you and me! He is a leader who is just! He is a leader who portrays love! He is one who in 1 Corinthians 13 we can replace LOVE with…
So we can replace LOVE above with JESUS! His hope and His plan is that we would try to live as love. That we would push towards being able to live lives where we can put our names in such a place as the unconditional love He provides!
Jesus conquered the grave! Death could not hold Him! So that we too can be overcomers!
Let’s share the good news with the world around us! Let’s point them to the one who is LOVE! Let’s allow the world to come to the realization of how much God loves them!
The Empty Tomb
1When Shabbat was over, Miriam of Magdala, Miriam the mother of Jacob, and Salome bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Yeshua’s body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they come to the tomb. 3They were saying to each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4Looking up, they see that the stone (it was really huge) had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were startled. 6But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Yeshua of Natzeret, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here! See the place where they put Him. 7But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to the Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’” 8And going outside, they fled from the tomb, gripped by trembling and amazement. They didn’t say anything to anybody, for they were afraid.
He Is Risen
9After He had risen early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Miriam of Magdala, from whom He had driven out seven demons. 10She went and brought word to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe. 12After that, He appeared in a different form to two of them as they were walking on their way to the country. 13They went and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them either. 14Later He appeared to them, the eleven, as they were reclining at the table. He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardheartedness, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had been raised.
Tell the World!
15He told them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to every creature. 16He who believes and is immersed shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned. 17These signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak new languages; 18they will handle snakes; and if they drink anything deadly, it will not harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.” 19Then the Lord Yeshua, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20And they went out and proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that follow.
–from Mark 16