MICAH SANG THE BLUES

The story of family in the Old Testament is one of heart-wrenching proportions.   The prophet Micah looked around at the condition of the nation-family and realized that his hope in God would surpass the limitations of Israel.  Micah sang the blues about his neighborhood.  Listen to the cry for something better than human failure and weakness.



Micah 7:
1 What misery is mine!  I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave.
 2 The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains.  All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net.
 3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire— they all conspire together.
 4 The best of them is like a brier, the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.  The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you.  Now is the time of their confusion.
 5 Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend.  Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.
 6 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.
 7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

In the broken and trustless realms of human disappointment, we watch and hope in Jesus.  He is the Savior who comes to bring justice and mercy to the loners and orphans with nowhere else to turn. 

We live in the promise of God to renew and restore.  We will go through the fire and all that is good will remain.  We will not be afraid because Jesus has gone ahead and opened the way.  He is able to keep us through the controlled burn.

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