Sin will be punished

Micah 3:12 KJV
Therefore shall Zion for your sake
be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps,
and the mountain of the house
as the high places of the forest.

Because of how you live, Zion will become like a field that people have plowed. Jerusalem city will become a heap of stones. Bushes will grow all over the hill where they built God’s house.

The mark of the true prophet is, that he does not speak the words which the people like to hear, or conceal what God tells him, but the words that God gives him to speak to the people.

Micha’s message is therefore a hard message.
130 Years before Nebuchadnezzar will take Jerusalem and destroy the temple, the prophet announces the destruction of the city.

Why? Because Zion was built with blood and Jerusalem with injustice (Micah 3:10).

The priests teach for wages,
the prophets preach for money.
And in all this, they cry out,
Is not the Lord among us?
No harm will come to us.

Jerusalem is the city of God and therefore we can continue to sin, they thought.

Does this thought sound familiar to you?
I’ve heard people say it to me so many times: God is love, God gives grace, God gives forgiveness, so stop frightening people with a coming judgment (!).

Yes, it is true: God is love, God gives grace, and God gives forgiveness.
▪︎ But, if you want to live as if He doesn’t exist, if you reject Him, then He will also reject you, at the last judgment, into the outer darkness.
▪︎ If you do not want to know God now, He will also say to you “Get away from me, because I do not know you”.

But indeed God still gives grace and forgiveness. Therefore, do not wait until it will be too late forever!

Do not use piety as an excuse to continue to live in sin, like the people in the days of Micah

Romans 6:1‭-‬2 KJV
What shall we say then?
Shall we continue in sin,
that grace may abound?
God forbid.
How shall we, that are dead to sin,
live any longer therein?

God clearly states that He will never let Zion act as an excuse for sin.
We too, have no excuse to (continue to) sin.

Zion will be plowed like a field. Babel’s army will turn everything upside down. Pulling weeds is not enough. With root and branch, evil has to go. The whole country needs to be plowed.

That word made a deep impression, for even in Jeremiah’s days they still knew about it (Jeremiah 26:16-19).

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