Pursuing Money instead of God

Scripture: Micah 3:11, ‘Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.”’

 

Observations: This verse summarizes the issue that Micah is dealing with in chapter 3. Firstly, the leaders of God’s people ‘judge for a bribe.’ They are corrupt, dispensing justice to the highest bidder. Micah has already told them that when they cry out to the Lord he will not listen (v1-4). Secondly, the ‘priests teach for a price.’ You pay for what you want to hear. Instead of teaching that God was holy and would not tolerate their rebellion, they taught that God would always be ‘among’ the. Instead of teaching people their need for forgiveness, they taught people that there were no consequences for sin, that ‘no disaster will come upon us.’ Thirdly, the ‘prophets tell fortunes for money.’ Instead of telling the people what God had in store for them, they told people what they hoped the future would hold. There are two things that unite these three groups. Firstly, they are all leaders of God’s people – prophet, priests and king/elders. Secondly, they all ignored their responsibility towards God’s people for the sake of money.

 

Application: Firstly, how much does our desire for comfort and security, for wealth, hinder our obedience to God? We make judgments based on what will make us most comfortable. We say things based on whether it will bring us worldly security. We desire the lifestyle that the world offers instead of the one God offers. Secondly, how much do we look to our leaders for our comfort and security instead of looking to God? Our prophets, priests and kings are broken sinful people like us. Instead we should look to Jesus, our perfect Prophet, Priest and King. It is only Jesus who ‘will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths. (4:2)’

 

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, may I listen to You and pursue what is right in Your sight, rather than listening to the world and pursuing what seems right to me. Lord, so often the worldly comfort and security of wealth gets in the way of doing what You desire. Lord, may I not live to build my kingdom, but to build Yours. Lord, keep me free from the love of money in its many subtle forms. Instead grow my love for You above all else. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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