Day 244 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. Micah prophesies about the return of God's people. 2 Corinthians 5: New homes in Heaven

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Micah 5

Micah 6 

Micah 7 

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Proverbs 21:17-26

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Micah 5

A King Will Come From Bethlehem

Now, strong city,† gather your soldiers!

Our enemies are attacking us! They will strike Israel’s ruler in the face with a stick.

2 You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are the

smallest town in Judah,

but from you will come the one who will rule Israel for me.

His family began in ancient times. He is from days long ago.

3 The Lord will let his people be defeated

until the woman gives birth to her child, the promised king.

Then the rest of his brothers will come back

to join the people of Israel.

4 He will begin to rule Israel in the power of the LORD.

Like a shepherd, he will lead his people in the wonderful name of the LORD his God.

And they will live in safety

because then his greatness will be known all over the world.

5 He will bring a time of peace.

Yes, the Assyrian army will come into our country

and march through our land.

But we have plenty of leaders we can send against them.

6 With swords in hand, our leaders will

defeat the Assyrians

and rule the land of Nimrod.

They will save us from the Assyrians

when they come into our land and march through our territory.

7 The descendants of Jacob who are left alive

will be surrounded by many nations.

They will be a blessing, like dew from the LORD

or like rain falling on the grass.

Those blessings come from God alone, without help from any human.

8 Those from Jacob who are still living

are scattered among the nations.

But they will be like a lion among the animals in the forest.

They will be like a young lion among flocks of sheep.

If the lion passes through,

he goes where he wants to go. If he attacks an animal,

no one can save it.

The survivors will be like that.

9 You will lift your hand against your enemies,

and you will destroy them.

God Will Force His People to Depend on Him

10 “At that time,” says the LORD, “I will take away your horses,

and I will destroy your chariots.

11 I will destroy the cities in your country.

I will pull down all your fortresses.

12 You will no longer try to do magic. You will have no more fortune-tellers.

13 I will destroy your statues of false gods.

I will pull down your sacred stones.

You will not worship what your hands have made.

14 I will destroy the Asherah poles

and your false gods.

15 In my anger I will take revenge

on the nations that refuse to obey me.”

Micah 6

The Lord’s Complaint

Now hear what the LORD says: “Present your argument to the mountains.

Let the hills hear your story.

2 The LORD has a complaint against his people.

Mountains, listen to the LORD’s complaint.

Foundations of the earth, hear the Lord. He will prove that Israel is wrong!

3 “My people, tell me what I did!

Did I do something wrong against you? Did I make life too hard for you?

4 I will tell you what I did.

I sent Moses, Aaron and Miriam to you. I brought you from the land of Egypt.

I freed you from slavery.

5 My people, remember the evil plans of Balak king of Moab.

Remember what Balaam son of Beor said to Balak.

Remember what happened from Acacia to Gilgal,‡

and you will know the LORD is right!”

What Does God Want From Us?

6 Someone will say:

“What must I bring when I come to meet with the LORD?

What must I do when I bow down to God above?

Should I come to him with burnt offerings

and year-old calves?

7 Will the LORD be pleased with a thousand rams

or with ten thousand rivers of oil?

Should I offer him my first child to pay for my wrongs?

Should I sacrifice my very own child for my sins?”

8 Human, the LORD has told you what

goodness is.

This is what he wants from you: be fair to other people,

love kindness and loyalty,

and humbly obey your God.

What Were God’s People Doing?

9 The LORD shouts to the city:

“A wise person respects the Lord’s name.*

So pay attention to the punishing rod and to the one who uses it!†

10 Do the wicked still hide treasures that they have stolen?

Do they still cheat people

with baskets that are too small?‡ Yes, all this is still happening!

11 Some people carry special weights

that they use to cheat people when they weigh their goods.

Should I pardon them?

12 The rich in that city are still cruel. The people there still tell lies.

Yes, they tell their lies.

13 So I have begun to punish you.

I will destroy you because of your sins.

14 You will eat, but you will not become full.

You will still be hungry and empty.

You will try to bring people to safety, but people with swords will kill the people you rescued.

15 You will plant your seeds, but you will not gather food.

You will try to squeeze oil from your olives,

but you will not get any oil. You will crush your grapes,

but you will not get enough juice to have wine to drink.

16 This is because you obey the laws of Omri

and do all the evil things that Ahab’s family did.

You have followed their teachings, so I will bring you to ruin.

You will be something terrible for people to see and talk about.

The people of other nations will laugh at your misfortune.”

Micah 7

There Is Nothing Good Left in Israel

I am upset because everything good is gone!

I feel like someone looking for fruit after the harvest.

It’s like all the good fruit has been picked.

There are no grapes left to eat. There are no fresh figs that I love.

2 By this I mean that all the faithful people are gone.

There are no good people left. Everyone is planning to kill someone. Everyone is trying to trap their brother.

3 People are good at doing bad things

with both hands. Officials ask for bribes.

Judges take money to change their decisions in court.

“Important leaders” do whatever they want to do.

4 Even the best of them is as crooked as a tangled thorn bush.

The Day of Punishment Is Coming

Your watchmen, the prophets, said this day would come,

and now that day has come. Now you will be punished. Now you will be confused! 5 Don’t trust your neighbor or trust a friend!

Don’t even speak freely with your wife.

6 Your enemies will be the people in your

own house.

A son will not honor his father.

A daughter will turn against her mother.

A daughter-in-law will turn against her mother-in-law.

The Lord Is the Saviour

7 So I will look to the LORD for help. I will wait for God to save me.

My God will hear me.

8 I have fallen, but enemy, don’t laugh at me!

I will get up again.

I sit in darkness now,

but the LORD will be a light for me.

The Lord Forgives

9 I sinned against the LORD, so he was angry with me.

But he will argue my case for me in court.

He will do what is right for me.

Then he will bring me out into the light, and I will see that he is right.

10 My enemies will see that he supports me,

and they will be ashamed that they laughed and said,

“Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see them defeated.

They will be trampled like mud in the streets.


The Jews to Return

11 The time will come when your walls will be rebuilt.

At that time the country will grow.

12 Your people will come back to your land.

They will come back from Assyria and from the cities of Egypt.

They will come from Egypt

and from the other side of the Euphrates River.

They will come from the sea in the west and from the mountains in the east.

13 The land was ruined by the people

who lived there and by what they did.

14 So rule your people with your rod.

Rule the flock of people who belong to you.

That flock lives alone in the woods and up on Mount Carmel.

That flock lives in Bashan and Gilead as they did in the past.

Israel Will Defeat Its Enemies

15 I did many miracles when I took you out of Egypt.

I will let you see more miracles like that.

16 The nations will see those miracles, and they will be ashamed.

They will see that their “power” is nothing compared to mine.

They will be amazed

and put their hands over their mouths.

They will cover their ears and refuse to listen.

17 They will come from behind their

strong walls, shaking with fear

and crawling in the dust like snakes.

They will come out to meet the LORD our God,

trembling and afraid.

They will stand in fear of you!

Praise for the Lord

18 There is no God like you. You take away people’s guilt.

God will forgive his people who survive.

He will not stay angry with them forever,

because he enjoys being kind.

19 He will come back and comfort us again.

He will throw all our sins into the deep sea.

20 God, please be true to Jacob.

Be kind and loyal to Abraham,*

as you promised our ancestors long ago.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be

destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us to live in. It will not be the kind of house that people build here. It will be a house in heaven that will be there forever. 2 But while we are in this body, we groan because we are so eager for God to give us our heavenly body to put on. 3 We will put it on like new clothes, and we will not be naked. 4 While we live in this tent, we have burdens and so we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be covered with life. 5 This is what God himself made us for. And he has given us the Spirit as the first payment to guarantee the life to come.

6 So we always have confidence. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord. 7 We live by what we believe will happen, not by what we can see. 8 So I say that we have confidence. And we really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord. 9 Our only goal is to always please the Lord, whether we are living here in this body or there with him. 10 We must all stand before Christ to be judged. Everyone will get what they should. They will be paid for whatever they did—good or bad—when they lived in this earthly body.

Proverbs 21:17-26

17 Loving pleasure leads to poverty.

Wine and luxury will never make you wealthy.

18 The wicked must pay for what hap-

pens to good people;

the cheaters will be taken in exchange for the honest.

19 It is better to live alone in the desert

than with a quick-tempered wife who loves to argue.

20 Wise people save the nice things they have.

Fools use up everything as soon as they get it.

21 People who try hard to do good and be faithful

will find life and honor.

22 A wise warrior can defeat a city full of soldiers

and tear down the walls they trust to protect them.

23 People who are careful about what

they say

will save themselves from trouble.

24 Proud people think they are better than others.

They show they are evil by what they do.

25 Lazy people will cause their own destruction

because they refuse to work.

26 Lazy people are greedy and never have enough.

Good people are generous and have plenty.