Idolatry

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Micah 1

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

Mic 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

Mic 1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

 

Idolatry: the outward expression of turning away from the living God to one of earthen material fashioned by humanity. This is an ancient manner of exalting humanity over God our Creator; worshipping the creation rather than the Creator. As we elevate mankind, its accomplishments, its leaders we commit the same offense. How much longer will we be spared His wrath?

 

Mankind, God’s creation, becomes the idol worshipped in many churches this day. We elevate the minister to the place where we listen and obey his voice rather than God’s voice. This is possible because we do not know God’s voice. Only time spent in His Word getting to know Him can prevent us from turning our love for our leaders into worship of what they have to say.

 

We the people are then guilty of turning them into counterfeit Christs as we lean on what they have to say rather than what Christ said. Turn back to God, church.

 

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More than just planting…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Amos 4:7- end and Matthew 13

 

“I withheld rain…I struck your crops…I sent a plague…I overthrew some of you…This is why…

 

There was an outward show of religious activity but no heart in it for the poor were oppressed and the needy were ground into the dirt.

 

” I will deal with you this way, prepare to meet your God…”

 

The parable of the seed on good ground, rocky soil, among thorns and exposed to the birds is found in Matthew. There seems to be a tenuous connection…

 

Religious activity alone is not enough. The heart of God is toward the oppressed and needy. These were the ones Jesus surrounded himself with and ministered to. We minister to God when we minister to the oppressed. It must come from the heart, not just be a show to brag, as is said in Amos 4, …brag in public about your voluntary offerings because that’s what you love to do…” We love to brag about what we have done for others. Better that they praise the Lord for what is done!

 

It isn’t enough to just plant the seed; gardens must be tended. Now we turn to Matthew and the seed that is sown on various soils. We plant the seed then it must be fed, watered, weeds pulled, given adequate Son-light and Holy Spirit rain; but…before all this the ground must be prepared. It must be broken, amended, exposed to the air. We cannot be satisfied to just plant the seed and walk away. The work of the kingdom involves preparation, under the Holy Spirit’s guidance and by the Lord’s power. Then comes the planting of the seed. We cannot make it grow, the Lord gives the increase, but we can tend it. We can provide Son-light through our own lives shining the love of God toward others in our actions and words, we can water with the Holy Spirit by taking it to them, we can pull the weeds that would choke and fend off the birds who would snatch it away. We can ask the right questions of them leading them to what is given to us as righteous living in the Word; not demanding it of them and imposing it upon them. We are co-workers with God, he provides the means; we listen and obey His command.

 

We are restored to Him through Christ and have an obligation to offer that same to others. It is more than handing out a tract, standing on a street corner, praying with someone in or out of church. Too often we do those activities and then walk away from those who need us to follow-up, build relationships and guide…equipping them to the same work in the Spirit. Let us return to the Lord, let us hear the words of Jesus, let us become more engaged with others, not sitting exclusionary in our comfortable buildings, meeting once a week to feel good.

 

We can remove the rocks from the soil, we can pull the thorns and weeds, we can drive away the birds and allow the young plant to grow stronger, put down deeper roots, become stabilized in the Lord and His word. We can feed the Word, bring to an experience of and knowledge of the Holy Spirit, shine His light through our own lives and bring to the Lord fruit the Word produces. The harvest is great, the workers are few.- Jesus Many are satisfied to throw out the seed of the Word then walk away. No true gardener would do that. Praise be to God for those who grow through His provision. The question remains; are we doing the work we are called to do? Or, are we guilty of that statement in Hosea; my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. That lack came from the top down. Let us be found faithful to nurture those we come into contact with who need tending. May the crop grow and bear fruit as we turn to him.

 

Minister to the Lord; feed His people.

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