The Prophets

Micah – Part 1 of 5

The Slippery Slope

Micah 1:3,4 – For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

There is some amazing imagery in the Bible, giving us incredible pictures of the powerful nature of the presence of the Lord. The mountains melt like wax under his feet… Judgement was coming and just like wax set before a fire or water poured from a great height, you cannot stop the process once it begins. Micah’s warning from the Lord could not have been any clearer – If you don’t want to face the consequences of your actions then turn back now.

Micah’s warning had gone out to both Israel and Judah – “Hear, you peoples, all of you.” With regards to disobedience to God, both nations were on a slippery slope, although Israel was sliding faster. They had incorporated so much paganism into their worship and king after king ‘did what was evil in the sight of the Lord’. Judah had a higher ratio of good kings but even they did not take down ‘the high places’ which Solomon had built for his pagan wives. Solomon strayed from the Lord in the latter years of his life and so began the slow decline of Judah and the fractured relationship with Yahweh.

False teaching can creep in slowly but it spreads like a disease. Idolatry is evident in society throughout the world, but we need to be aware of it happening within the Church because that is where the real danger lies. Trying to make God’s Word acceptable and pleasing to society is indeed a slippery slope and trying to find our hope in anything less than God’s word is simply futile. The more we try to love the world by conforming to it, the further we stray from truly loving God and His ways. We are to be grounded in the love of Christ and the word of God so that we won’t be ‘tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine’. God’s desire for us is that we become conformed to the image of His Son not the image of idols.

Jerusalem and Samaria were being warned – “All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces, and all her idols I will lay waste.” Judgement was coming and the people had a choice, either turn back or face the consequences.

I believe we need to continually check our lives for idols because they are not always immediately obvious. What is it that holds your focus and demands your time?

The devil is sly and cunning and can see a weak spot easily. Guard yourself by keeping your attention firmly fixed on God.

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