Week 33, Day 4 in the LEB

Aug 17, 2023

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The reading for today is Micah 1-4; Psalm 10; Matthew 24.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Micah 1

The word of Yahweh that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, that he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem:

Hear, all you peoples;
    give heed, O earth and its fullness.
And let the Lord Yahweh be against you as a witness,
    the Lord from his holy temple.
For behold, Yahweh is coming out from his place,
    and he will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
The mountains will melt under him
    and the valleys will burst open,
like wax before the fire,
    like water rushing down a slope.
All this is for the rebellion of Jacob,
    and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the rebellion of Jacob?
    Is it not Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
    Are they not Jerusalem?
So I will make Samaria as a heap of rubble in the field,
    a place for planting a vineyard.
And I will pour down her stones into the valley
    and uncover her foundations.
Then all her idols will be broken in pieces,
    and all her prostitution wages will be burned in the fire,
    and all her idols I will make a desolation,
For from the wage of a prostitute she gathered them,
    and to the wage of a prostitute they will return.
On account of this I will lament and wail.
    I will go about barefoot and naked.
I will make a lamentation like the jackals,
    and a mourning ceremony like the ostriches.
For her wounds are incurable,
    because it has come to Judah.
    It has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.
Do not tell it in Gath;
    you must not weep at all.
In Beth-le-Aphrah
    roll yourself in dust.
Pass on, you inhabitants of Shaphir,
    in naked shame.
The inhabitants of Zaanan do not come forth;
    the wailing of Beth-ha-Ezel will take its protection from you.
For the inhabitants of Maroth
    writhed for good,
because disaster has come down from Yahweh
    to the gate of Jerusalem.
Harness the chariot to the team of horses,
    O inhabitants of Lachish;
it is the beginning of sin
    for the daughter of Zion,
for the transgressions of Israel
    were found in you.
Therefore you will give parting gifts
    to Moresheth-Gath;
the houses of Achzib will be a deception
    to the kings of Israel.
I will again bring the conqueror upon you,
    O inhabitants of Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
    will come to Adullam.
Make yourselves bald
    and cut off your hair
    for the children of your pleasure.
Expand your baldness as the eagle,
    for they will go into exile away from you.

Micah 2

Woe to those who plan wickedness
    and evil deeds upon their beds!
In the light of the morning they did it,
    because they have power in their hands.
They covet fields and seize them,
    and houses, and they take them away.
They oppress a man and his house;
    a man and his inheritance.

Therefore, thus says Yahweh: Look! I am planning disaster against this family from which you will not be able to remove your necks. You will not walk proudly, for it is a time of disaster.

In that day they will raise a proverb against you,
    and will wail a bitter wailing, saying,
"We are utterly ruined;
    he exchanges the portion of my people.
How he removes it from me;
    he apportions our field to an apostate."
Therefore you will have no one casting a line by lot
    in the assembly of Yahweh.
"Do not preach!" they are preaching.
    They should not preach to these;
    disgrace will not overtake us.
Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
    Is the patience of Yahweh shortened?
    Are these his deeds?
Are my words not pleasing
    to him who walks upright?
But recently my people have risen up as an enemy;
    from before the cloak you strip off the robe
from those passing by in confidence,
    returning from war.
You have driven out the women of my people
    from the houses of their pleasure.
From their children you have taken away
    my glory forever.
Arise and go,
    for this is no resting place,
on account of uncleanness that destroys
    with painful destruction.
If a man walks about in a spirit of deception and lies,
    saying "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,"
    then he would be a preacher for this people!
I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob;
    I will surely gather together the remainder of Israel.
I will set them like sheep of Bozrah.
Like a herd in the midst of their pasture
    they will be in tumult from people.
The one who breaks out before them goes up;
    they break through and pass the gate,
    going out through it.
Their king passes before them,
    Yahweh at their head.

Micah 3

And I said,
"Listen, O heads of Jacob
    and leaders of the house of Israel!
    Is it not for you to know justice?
Those of you who are haters of good
    and lovers of evil,
who tear their skin from them
    and their flesh from their bones,
and who eat the flesh of my people,
    and strip their skin from them,
and break their bones,
    and chop them like meat in the pot,
    and like flesh in the midst of a cooking pot."
Then they will cry to Yahweh,
    but he will not answer them.
He will hide his face from them at that time,
    when they have made their deeds evil.
Thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets
    who are leading my people astray,
who are biting with their teeth
    and proclaim, "Peace,"
but whoever puts nothing into their mouths
    they declare war against.
Therefore it will be as night to you, without vision,
    and darkness to you, without divination.
And the sun will set on the prophets,
    and the day will grow dark over them.
Then the seers will be disgraced,
    and those practicing divination will be put to shame.
All of them will cover their lips,
    for there is no reply from God.
But I, I am filled with power,
    with the Spirit of Yahweh,
and with justice and might,
    to declare to Jacob his rebellion,
    and to Israel his sin.
Hear this, O rulers of the house of Jacob
    and leaders of the house of Israel,
those detesting justice
    and perverting all that is right,
he who builds Zion with blood
    and Jerusalem with wickedness.
Its rulers judge for a bribe;
    its priests teach for a price;
    its prophets practice divination for money.
But they lean on Yahweh, saying,
    "Is not Yahweh in our midst?
    Disaster will not come upon us."
Therefore on account of you
    Zion will be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem will be a heap of rubble,
    and the temple mount as a high place in a forest.

Micah 4

And it will be that at the end of those days,
the mountain of Yahweh
    will be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it will be lifted up above the hills,
    and people will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come! Let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
    and to the temple of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways,
    and that we may walk in his paths,"
for the law will go out from Zion,
    and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
And he will judge between many peoples
    and will arbitrate for strong nations far away;
and they will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation will not lift up a sword against a nation,
    and they will no longer learn war.
But they will sit, each under his vine
    and under his fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
    for the mouth of Yahweh of hosts has spoken.
For all the nations walk,
    each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God,
    forever and ever.

"In that day," declares Yahweh,
    "I will assemble the one who limps,
and I will gather the one who has been scattered,
    and those whom I have mistreated.
And I will make the one who limps a remnant,
    and the one driven far away a strong nation,
and Yahweh will reign over them on Mount Zion
    from now to forever.
And you, O Migdal-Eder,
    hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you it will come,
    and the former dominion will come,
    the reign of the daughter of Jerusalem.
So then, why do you shout a loud shout?
    Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished
    that pangs like a woman in labor have seized you?
Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion,
    like a woman in labor.
For now you will go forth from the city,
    and you will camp in the field;
    you will go to Babylon.
There you will be rescued;
    there Yahweh will redeem you
    from the hand of your enemies.
And now, many nations are gathered against you
    who are saying, ‘Let her be defiled,
    and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.’
But they do not know the thoughts of Yahweh,
    and they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves
    to his threshing floor.
Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion,
    for your horn I will make as iron
    and your hooves as bronze.
And you will break many peoples in pieces,
    and their gain you will devote to destruction to Yahweh,
    and their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth."

Psalm 10

Why, O Yahweh, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide during times of distress?
In arrogance the wicked persecutes the poor.
Let them be caught in the schemes that they devised,
for the wicked boasts about the desire of his heart,
and the one greedy for gain curses and treats Yahweh with contempt.
With bald-faced pride the wicked will not seek God.
There is no God in any of his thoughts.
His ways endure at all times.
Your judgments are aloof from him.
As for all his enemies, he scoffs at them.
He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved
throughout all generations, during which I will have no trouble."
His mouth is filled with cursing,
with deceits and oppression;
under his tongue are trouble and evil.
He sits in ambush in villages;
in the hiding places he kills the innocent.
His eyes lurk for the helpless.
He lies in ambush secretly, like a lion in a thicket.
He lies in ambush to seize the poor;
he seizes the poor by catching him in his net.
He is crushed; he is bowed down;
so the helpless host falls by his might.
He says in his heart, "God has forgotten.
He has hidden his face.
He never sees."
Rise up, O Yahweh;
O God, lift up your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
Why does the wicked treat God with contempt?
He says in his heart, "You will not call me to account."
But you have seen; indeed you have noted trouble and grief
to take it into your hand.
The helpless abandons himself upon you;
you have been the helper for the orphan.
Break the arm of the wicked,
and as for the evil man
seek out his wickedness until you find none.
Yahweh is king forever and ever;
the nations have perished from his land.
The longing of the afflicted you have heard, O Yahweh.
You will make their heart secure. You will listen attentively
to render judgment for the fatherless and the oppressed
so that a mere mortal from the earth will no longer cause terror.

Matthew 24

And as Jesus went out of the temple courts he was going along, and his disciples came up to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered and said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone will be left here on another stone that will not be thrown down!"

And as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came up to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered and said to them, "Watch out that no one deceives you! For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will deceive many. And you are going to hear about wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are the beginning of birth pains.

"Then they will hand you over to persecution and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name. And then many will be led into sin and will betray one another and will hate one another, and many false prophets will appear and will deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end—this person will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

"So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken about by the prophet Daniel standing in the holy place" (let the one who reads understand), "then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! The one who is on his housetop must not come down to take things out of his house, and the one who is in the field must not turn back to pick up his cloak. And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! But pray that your flight may not happen in winter or on a Sabbath. For at that time there will be great tribulation, such as has not happened from the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will happen. And unless those days had been shortened, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be shortened.

"At that time if anyone should say to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘Here he is,’ do not believe him! For false messiahs and false prophets will appear, and will produce great signs and wonders in order to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you ahead of time! Therefore if they say to you, ‘Behold, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Behold, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it! For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

"And immediately after the tribulation of those days,

‘the sun will be darkened
    and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will fall from heaven,
    and the powers of heaven will be shaken.’

And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect together from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other end of it.

"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near, at the door. Truly I say to you that this generation will never pass away until all these things take place! Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

"But concerning that day and hour no one knows—not even the angels of heaven nor the Son—except the Father alone. For just as the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark. And they did not know anything until the deluge came and swept them all away. So also the coming of the Son of Man will be. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore be on the alert, because you do not know what day your Lord is coming! But understand this: that if the master of the house had known what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not think he will come.

"Who then is the faithful and wise slave whom the master has put in charge of his household slaves to give them their food at the right time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find so doing when he comes back. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that evil slave should say to himself, ‘My master is staying away for a long time,’ and he begins to beat his fellow slaves and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come on a day that he does not expect and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in two and assign his place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!