To Not See in Shame
He's† watching and...tired
nothing has changed
all lost in shame
playing a tireless game
for simple gain
‒forgetting His† glorious name
your songs are deranged
your mentality strange
believing in sports' games
gold chains and diamond rings
leaving His† name
out of range
condemning those who sang
glorifying His† name
152 sets the range
in time...sets the change
choose which side‒
you'll play your game
then it will be set
no more chances to change
it's your time
to arrange the change
gets out of range
(August 14)―It’s not fair you know. Being the bearer of such news. But it seems only fair. Micah in the Bible. I bet he felt a similar feeling. Only I’m not a prophet. All I know is that the book is written. The only one needed. No need for another. History repeats itself. The warnings always the same. How many times will it have to be?
Micah. There are three messages to Israel (you). Micah 1:2-7- 2:12,13 is the first. I read this before but not one mark did I put. This has been happening lately, being led to pages that I never added a mark to. This may seem not of any significance, but apparently it is…when it comes to these writings of late. That’s the first discourse (message). Specific sins of covetousness and greed are mentioned as well as false prophets. Here’s the deal: False prophets―they seem to prophecy that all is well, God is always a forgiving God…that He doesn’t have a wrath and that prosperity is around the corner. That’s always been a lie!
False prophets do not talk about who God is! They leave out the veils. They leave out His wrath. They do not warn. They give false hope. God never changes. Never. Again…the old testament tells…or rather shows who God is. The new testament shows us how to get to Him…or rather how to live and not die.
Micah 3:1-4-5:10-15 is the second discourse (message). Leaders and false prophets are rebuked. Micah tells them of Jesus as so many others do. Of course, they don’t listen. Sound familiar? There are several places within this part of the Scripture that I mark in red. For some reason, I don’t have to rewrite all of it today. So…
In the last days the mountains of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.’ The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken. All the nations may walk in the name of their own gods; we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.―Micah 4:1-5
Interesting. This Scripture sort of resembles the Scripture from ‘Pulling A Jonah’. Peace. That’s what comes to mind. The veils. Watch out for them. I am led to Scripture after Scripture that speaks of Jesus way before He actually was born. All those who lived by the law…written Scripture…knew this, yet when Jesus came…they didn’t believe Him.
‘But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.’…He will stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they will live securely, for this His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And He will be their peace.―Micah 5:1-5a
Those lines I underlined in 2007. Wait. There are more lines to rewrite. Just a reminder that Micah isn’t the only one with this message. Oh, this would be hundreds of years before Jesus comes. God gives us time to fix our broken shit. I would assume this is why healing is so important.
In all of Micah, and this had to be pointed out to me, God does not like empty worship. He doesn’t appreciate your stupid gifts or prayers if you can’t back them up with actions. This…I’ve been given over and over. He wants…WANTS action! Individual actions.
Micah 6:1-5-7:14-20, the third discourse or message, God tells us who He is and what He wants over and over.
‘My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer Me. I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. My people, remember what Balak king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Boeor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.’―Micah 6:1-5
Oh, that would be those people who came before us…wayyyy before us!
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.―Micah 6:6-8
Like I said: God doesn’t change. It is us who change. It doesn’t take a person to be holier than thou to act justly and to love mercy. The Catholic church in particular fucked that shit all up. They made us feel that we had to act this way in order for us to be of God. NO! They lied!
All we have to do is stay true to one person, not over drink, and don’t let anger get the best of us. That’s really it because anger leads to everything else. Anger brings on shame which leads to covetousness, pride, greed, hate, murder, adulterous, and all other sins. Anger is of that evil whore. To halt anger, we just replace that fucked up shit with the heart…love.
That’s really hard I know. But really that’s what being humble is all about. We don’t have to dawn some stupid robe, head gear or dress like some hidden monk. That’s covetousness by the way. God wants us to be ourselves but live honorably, take actions that He would take…helping the next person: doing good deeds each day even if it’s praying for someone. Go out there and give people smiles and hugs, coffee, shelter, food, clothing, a secure and safe place to live. Most people have it so fucked up. That ten percent that the churches preach…the new testament replaced that shit with good deeds! No…those churches of greed push that ten percent shit because they want your money! while they…behind closed doors…the darkness…dress elaborately, live in rich places, have affairs and fuck your kids! Do you want to tell me I’m wrong? I’m just telling you how it is. You can ignore all you want…when you do that…ignore…you are just as party to sin and the ones committing the offense! Go on believing you’re not. The time has come to choose. God isn’t playing. He’s done.
…the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire―…The day of your watchman has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion. Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words. For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law―a man’s enemies are the members of his own household…―Micah 7:1-7
I wrote beside the above scripture back in 2007: This almost feels like now! How many out there have their daughters talking to you disrespectfully? How many children aren’t taking care of their mothers or even helping them, checking on them? How many? How many narcissist fathers have divided daughters and sons from their God-fearing mothers? Can you trust many people? How many who you thought you could trust, stabbed you in the back? Humm….just wondering.
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against Him, I will bear the Lord’s wrath, until He pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see His righteousness. Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me, ‘Where is the Lord your God? My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets…..―Micah 7:8-13
Underlined in red! Yeap. That’s all I have today. God bless in your deciding.