Micah 1The Message (MSG)
1 God’s Message as it came to Micah of Moresheth. It came during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. It had to do with what was going on in Samaria and Jerusalem.
God Takes the Witness Stand
2 Listen, people—all of you.
3-5 Look, here he comes! God, from his place!
6-7 “I’m turning Samaria into a heap of rubble,
8-9 This is why I lament and mourn.
10-16 Don’t gossip about this in Telltown.
Micah 2The Message (MSG)
God Has Had Enough
2 1-5 Doom to those who plot evil,
6-7 “Don’t preach,” say the preachers.
8-11 “What do you mean, ‘good people’!
12-13 “I’m calling a meeting, Jacob.
Micah 3The Message (MSG)
Haters of Good, Lovers of Evil
3 1-3 Then I said:
“Listen, leaders of Jacob, leaders of Israel:
4 The time’s coming, though, when these same leaders
5-7 Here is God’s Message to the prophets,
8 But me—I’m filled with God’s power,
9-12 The leaders of Jacob and
Micah 4The Message (MSG)
The Making of God’s People
4 1-4 But when all is said and done,
5 Meanwhile, all the other people live however they wish,
6-7 “On that great day,” God says,
8 “And you stragglers around Jerusalem,
9-10 So why the doomsday hysterics?
11-12 But for right now, they’re ganged up against you,
13 On your feet, Daughter of Zion! Be threshed of chaff,
Hebrews 6The Message (MSG)
6 1-3 So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on Christ and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. But there’s so much more. Let’s get on with it!
4-8 Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us—if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened. That’s impossible. Why, they’ve re-crucified Jesus! They’ve repudiated him in public! Parched ground that soaks up the rain and then produces an abundance of carrots and corn for its gardener gets God’s “Well done!” But if it produces weeds and thistles, it’s more likely to get cussed out. Fields like that are burned, not harvested.
9-12 I’m sure that won’t happen to you, friends. I have better things in mind for you—salvation things! God doesn’t miss anything. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. Don’t drag your feet. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them.
God Gave His Word
13-18 When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.
18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.