Micah was supposed to be a book about preaching for the poor and against the rich. That we didn’t see. It would have been great to see God going after the rich, for those rich causing harm to the poor. But that is not what happened. Instead, we saw demands of obedience and threats from God. Not threats against the individuals causing problems, but threats against the people as a whole. Sorry, but you aren’t helping the poor and less fortunate when you are going to punish them the same way as the rich and greedy.
God created sin. God created evil. Yet he’s mad the Israelites are not obeying him. Therefore he’s going to kill them. God, to stop sin and evil is going to commit sin and evil. Sigh. Let’s see what this chapter has in store for us.
“The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains.” – Micah 7:2
Maybe, just maybe, this is due to God destroying the land so people fled before they were destroyed too!
“Even with the woman who lies in your embrace guard the words of your lips.” – Micah 7:5
Because the Bible teaches us you can NEVER trust a woman! 🙂
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?” – Micah 7:18
When the hell has God forgiven or pardoned?
Let’s see, what did we learn? People are fleeing the land, women are still evil, and God truly loves you. LOL! The Bible is one big joke.
Coming Soon: 2 Chronicles – Chapter 28: Ahaz King of Judah
In the last chapter God was preparing to destroy everything and everyone in Israel! Yikes! Bad God, bad God!!!
“Listen to what the Lord says: ‘Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say.’” – Micah 6:1
Um…the mountains are the judge? God is losing it. 🙂
“For the Lord has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel.” – Micah 6:2
This chapter is hilarious. God, the creator of all, is arguing his case to the mountains. LOL!
“I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery.” – Micah 6:4
True, but only after God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians and caused great pain to the Israelites.
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
LOL! If only it were that easy to get in the Lord’s good graces. God has all sorts of tricks and rules that make it impossible to walk humbly and love mercy.
“Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins.” – Micah 6:13
God is the one who created sin.
“Therefore I will give you over to ruin and your people to derision; you will bear the scorn of the nations.” – Micah 6:16
God insists on death and destruction.
My takeaway from this chapter is God is upset the people are sinning and not following his orders. But God created sin. And besides, if God is all-powerful, he can snap his fingers and make the people do good. A much easier solution than destroying the people, children, and babies.
Coming Soon: Micah – Chapter 7: Israel’s Misery
The journey through Micah continues today.
“Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.” – Micah 5:3
God abandons ALL of Israel. Children, babies, doesn’t matter. They are abandoned by God. God being just? Nope. More like God being an asshole.
“‘In that day,” declares the Lord, ‘I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots. I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds. I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells. I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands. I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles when I demolish your cities. I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.’” – Micah 5:10-15
God is in destruction mode!
So what did we learn in this chapter? Not much. God is going to destroy everything he doesn’t like. God demands your worship and rules by fear. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is child abuse. God is not love. He’s a child abuser who seeks to destroy.
Coming Soon: Micah – Chapter 6: The Lord’s Case Against Israel
We are still working through the book of Micah, so today we learn more about Micah, the true, but lacking any supporting evidence, prophet of God.
“In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains;” – Micah 4:1
Is the highest mountain Mt. Everest, which reaches the greatest height above sea level or Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain measured from base (below sea level) to peak? God is going to want to get this one right!
“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief.’” – Micah 4:6
The Bible admits God caused grief in these people. But we all knew that. It started with God hardening the hearts of the Egyptians. Actually it started before that when God tossed Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden for the crime of learning.
“But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan” – Micah 4:12
Of course they do not understand the Lord’s plan. God never shows himself! All we have are supposed prophets who speak for God, even though they have no evidence supporting their claims.
“Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hooves of bronze, and you will break to pieces many nations.” – Micah 4:13
Fuck horns of iron and hooves of bronze. If I’m one of these people, I want food, water, shelter, and peace! What good is an iron horn and bronze hoof going to do me?
Don’t blame me. I never said this was going to be an exciting chapter! 🙂
Coming Soon: Micah – Chapter 5: A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem
Our trek through Micah continues today with God getting pissy at more people. In other words, the same as every chapter in the Old Testament. 🙂
“Should you not embrace justice, you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones; who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?” – Micah 3:1-3
Wow…chopping people up like meat for a pan, huh? Maybe God should do something about that? Maybe he should have done something about that well before it happened!
“Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them.” – Micah 3:4
How does this differ from God on a normal day?
“As for the prophets who lead my people astray,” – Micah 3:5
Again, how do we know Micah is not also a false prophet in this story? There’s no evidence supporting his claims.
“Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.” – Micah 3:12
And God once again destroys large swaths of land. Instead of targeting individuals who do evil, God chooses to punish everyone. Sigh.
In this chapter Micah continues saying he is a true prophet and other prophets are false, but where is the evidence?
Coming Soon: Micah – Chapter 4: The Mountain of the Lord
Today’s chapter has an interesting title and I’m guessing that human plans do not match God’s plans. 🙂 Just a guess. 🙂
“Therefore, the Lord says: ‘I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves.’” – Micah 2:3
This is not a forgiving god.
“If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people.” – Micah 2:11
Question. How does differentiate between a false prophet and a true prophet? Neither has evidence backing their claims.
Not much else to say about this chapter. Basically God’s plan is right and yours is wrong. Don’t listen to the false prophets, only the true ones, even though the prophets provide no evidence backing up their claims.
Micah – Chapter 3: Leaders and Prophets Rebuked
Today we start our journey through the book of Micah. It won’t be a long journey as the book is only seven chapters in length. Let’s jump right in and learn about Micah the prophet.
“Look! The Lord is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth.” – Micah 1:3
Wait…is God about to show himself?!?!?!
“The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope.” – Micah 1:4
Nope…God isn’t showing himself. It’s just an earthquake.
“Since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes, as the wages of prostitutes they will again be used.” – Micah 1:7
God really hates prostitutes. Let us all remember there would be no female prostitutes if men weren’t paying them for services. Oh what the hell am I saying, it’s the Bible, so the prostitutes aren’t being paid. Men are forcing themselves on women and treating them as property.
“Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked.” – Micah 1:8
God is destroying the land and Micah’s response is to walk around naked.
“Shave your head in mourning for the children in whom you delight; make yourself as bald as the vulture, for they will go from you into exile.” – Micah 1:16
Ah, more children are being punished. The children are forced from their parents into exile.
The start of Micah is much the same as the other prophets. God supposedly protects the poor and helpless, but innocent children are being forced from their families and the entire land is being destroyed by God. Everyone is being punished, but the rich and the poor. This doesn’t help the poor. It harms them more.
Coming Soon: Micah – Chapter 2: Human Plans and God’s Plans
Following the chronological order of the Bible (or as close as chronological as possible), our next stop is the book of Micah. Micah is another prophet that supposedly speaks the word of God to the people. Micah is supposed to be another prophet fighting for the poor against the rich. We’ve seen this in other prophets, such as Amos, but when we actually read the book in the Bible, the poor are never really helped. There’s a lot of talk, but nothing is ever done to actually help the poor! The book is short, with only seven chapters, so it won’t take long to get through.
It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday and today’s verse contains a huge dose of anti-science.
“Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.” – Micah 6:2
Mountains are not everlasting. They come and go over millions of years. They wear down from erosion. They grow because of plate tectonics. They are CONSTANTLY changing. This is the exact opposite of everlasting. I understand why the human authors of the Bible thought mountains were everlasting, but Christians tell us the Bible is “God breathed”. If the Bible is the word of God, you’d think God would know how mountains work? Conclusion? There is no god, or this god knows less than a first grader.