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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History repeats itself as anyone who has studied old documents can say. It makes little difference if the present society tries to rewrite history; ample documentation is found among individual writings from the participants.
Therefore it is wise to heed the consequences of actions taken in the past to avoid repeating the errors.
From Micah: Here is what Adonai says in regard to the prophets who cause my people to go astray, who cry ‘peace,’ as soon as they are given food to eat but prepare war against anyone who fails to put something in their mouths:
Put in today’s setting, are there those who cause God’s people to go astray, used by the enemy to deceive? Any ‘word’ given that emphasizes self-worth or ability has the potential to lead away from God’s worth and ability. Are our prophets fed well? Do they prophesy for pay? Do they ‘war’ by finding fault, causing strife with any who fail to ‘pay’ or do they engage in fear mongering?
In Micah it states further how God views these actions. A good Father disciplines and corrects:
“Therefore you will have night, not vision, darkness and not divination; the sun will go down on the prophets, over them the day will be black.”
Discipline and correction is not pleasant.
“The seers will be put to shame,
The diviners will be disgraced.
They will have to cover their mouths,
Because there will be no answer from God.
On the other hand, I am full of power
By Spirit of Adonai,
Full of justice and full of might,
To declare to __________his crime,
To _____his sin.
Hear this, please, leaders of _________,
Rulers of the house of _____________,
You abhor what is just
And pervert anything that is right,
Who build up _____________with blood
And ______with wickedness.
Her leaders will sell verdicts for bribes,
Her priests teach for a price,
Her prophets divine for money—-
Yet they claim to rely on Adonai!
“Isn’t Adonai here with us?” they say.
“No evil can come upon us.”
Therefore, because of you,
______ will be plowed under like a forested height…
There is more, much more in Micah to learn from, to take warning from, to heed the direction given and to rejoice in the promise given.
The blanks can be filled in with current names. See if they fit and speak truthfully. This was spoken to another people at another time but could have been saved for today. It is wisdom to use what has been shared to judge whether anything be of God. Do not be deceived by pretty pictures, great music, etc. For the enemy is clothed in light that is deceptive.
Pray – With all prayer and petition (I) pray at all times, 1. in the Spirit, 2. and with this in view, 3. be on the alert, with 4. all perseverance and 5. petition for all the saints, 6. and pray on my behalf. I pray for our spiritual leaders.
Repent – I repent for selfish prayer and now ask for mercy. I repent for not lifting up and encouraging God’s called leaders and now ask Your blessings on them.
Ask – I pray they be alert, they persevere, they pray for all saints, they stay close to God’s Word and not be deceived or used by the enemy to destroy God’s people.
Yes – I thank You for Your Word that quickens, guides, feeds, and blesses Your people.
Ephesians 6:18 source.