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Trust Adonai

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Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having yet gotten hold of it; but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward toward what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua. Philippians 3:13-14 CJB

I love that he calls them brothers. Despite having just finished giving his credentials in Judaism to them, he reflects his renewed priorities in Messiah Yeshua. He doesn’t think of them as talmadim (disciples) as a Rabbi would, but rather he calls them (us) brothers–suggesting an equality unheard of in his culture and religious system prior to his meeting Yeshua the Messiah on the road to Damascus.

He gives us three things in this short passage that are worthy of comment and meditation:

Forgetting what is behind me
In making this statement, Paul is telling us that his past is no longer going to be in the center of his thoughts and focus. This is important to think on for a moment. Our past grows in size and importance often as we age. It can loom as a great disappointment–failed relationships, failure in career, failure in faith and pleasing God. It can also loom large a great point of success as it did with Paul. He lists in Philippians 3:5-6, his claims to religious fame–these are things of considerable importance in Jewish culture. We may also have great accomplishments in career, academia or even in religious circles. What Paul is saying is to work on forgetting those things, both good and bad, and move forward with God. It is true that our past forms us, it carves us and imprints on us–but Paul is letting us know that it is not the end of the story in our relationship with God. He is telling us to work to forget what came before and who we were before we met the Messiah and live with God in the now by the power of the Spirit. (Galatians 2:20)

Straining forward toward what lies ahead
The verb “straining” is a strong action verb. It suggests intentionality and going beyond oneself, going beyond one’s current location. We are not to be pew-sitters or Youtube watchers only, we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling–get out of our chairs, get out of our houses, get out of our normal routine, seek the kingdom of God. To strain for what lies ahead means to be longing for God’s coming kingdom as well as for opportunities to share the love God, the beauty of His majesty, the comfort of His close presence. Straining implies I am making an effort to see God’s kingdom come. Life with Adonai is not a spectator sport.

Keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize
To keep pursuing requires steadfastness, determination and diligence. We must decide to follow Yeshua as the example of righteous living. We must continue steadfastly and with determination in Adonai’s commands, and we must use diligence to follow the dictates of Torah–the instructions for righteous living.

What is the goal? The goal is to live righteous lives as true witnesses of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob–Adonai. The goal is to keep Torah by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must be the witnesses that God’s word is true and that His ways are pure and holy. This life of righteousness will impact the world around us–it will show us to be different. It will cause us to stand out, which is exactly what it was intended to do. “Be holy as I am holy,” says the Lord God Almighty.

What is the prize? Eternal life with God. To rule and reign with Yeshua. To be forever in the presence of Adonai–never separated from Him. Eternally His.

 

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Read Micah Chapter 7
1. What is God lamenting in Micah 7:1-4?

2. What warnings are given in Micah 7:5-6?

3. Copy Micah 7:7 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What does the prophet say of the Lord in Micah 7:8?

5. What do you learn of God from Micah 7:9?

6. What is the prophecy given in Micah 7:11-13?

7. What is promised to Israel in Micah 7:14-20?

8. Copy Micah 7:18-20 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

9. What application can you make from the Book of Micah?

 

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Read Micah Chapter 6
1. What is the Lord testifying about Israel in Micah 6:1-5?

2. What does God say He did for Israel in Micah 6:4?

3. Review Numbers chapter 22. Who were Balak and Balaam? How did they figure into the history of Israel?

4. Copy Micah 6:8 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

5. What accusation(s) does God make against Israel in Micah 6:9-12?

6. What does God promise in Micah 6:13-16?

7. Who is Omri?

8. What were the works of Ahab’s house?

 

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Read Micah Chapter 5
1. Copy Micah 5:2. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

2. Read Matthew 2:1-12. How does this prophecy of Micah relate to the New Testament passage in Matthew. Why is it important?

3. Why would God have had Messiah to come to Bethlehem?

4. What do you learn of Messiah from Micah 5:3-5?

5. What prophecy is given against Assyria in Micah 5:5-6?

6. What does God say of the remnant of Jacob in Micah 5:7-9?

7. What does God promise in Micah 5:10-15?

 

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Read Micah Chapter 4
1. What prophecy is given in Micah 4:1 regarding God’s house?

2 Who will come according to Micah 4:2?

3. From where will the law go out?

4. Copy Micah 4:3. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

5. What will happen according to Micah 4:4-5?

6. What does God promise in Micah 4:6-8?

7. Where must the people go according to Micah 4:9-10?

8. What promise does God make at the end of Micah 4:10?

9. What is to happen to the nations who gathered against God’s people according to Micah 4:11-13?

 

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Read Micah Chapter 3
1. Whom is Micah addressing in Micah 3:1?

2. What does he accuse them of in Micah 3:2-3?

3. What does Micah say will happen to them in Micah 3:4?

4. What is God’s message to the prophets in Micah 3:5-6?

5. What does God say to the seers and diviners in Micah 3:7?

6. What prophecy is given in Micah 3:8-12?

7. What do you learn of false prophets from the following verses?
Isaiah 41:28-29

Isaiah 44:24-26

Jeremiah 7:4

Jeremiah 14:13-14

Jeremiah 23:16

Ezekiel 13:15-17

Matthew 24:24

2 Peter 2:1

1 John 4:1

8. What application can you make from these chapters regarding false teachers and prophets?

 

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Read Micah Chapter 1
1. What do you learn about Micah from Micah 1:1?

2. What do you learn about Micah from Jeremiah 26:18-19?

3. What does Micah prophesy in Micah 1:2-5?

4. Who does Micah say is coming in Micah 1:3? From where is He coming?

5. What does Micah say will happen when He comes in Micah 2:4?

6. Why is God coming to judge according to Micah 1:5?

7. Where was Samaria located?

8. What does God say He will do to Samaria in Micah 1:6-7?

9. What is the response of the speaker in Micah 1:8-9?

10. Who do you think is speaking in Micah 1:8-9? Why?

11. Review Micah 1:10-15. What can you understand about this section? Refer to commentary or study notes for assistance.

12. What is the hearer told to do in Micah 1:16?

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