READ: Micah 3-4

THINK: Reread Micah 4:1-4 from The Message, noting what it says about “true teaching” – how it’s found, what it says, and what it results in:

But when all is said and done,
God’s Temple on the mountain,
Firmly fixed, will dominate all mountains,
towering above surrounding hills.
People will stream to it
and many nations set out for it,
Saying, “Come, let’s climb God’s mountain.
Let’s go to the Temple of Jacob’s God.
He will teach us how to live.
We’ll know how to live God’s way.”
True teaching will issue from Zion,
God’s revelation from Jerusalem.
He’ll establish justice in the rabble of nations
and settle disputes in faraway places.
They’ll trade in their swords for shovels,
their spears for rakes and hoes.
Nations will quit fighting each other,
quit learning how to kill one another.
Each man will sit under his own shade tree,
each woman in safety will tend her own garden.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so,
and he means what he says.

1. What words or ideas touch you in this passage? Perhaps…
– nations streaming to hear God
– people wanting to live God’s way
– people giving up weapons to do their work quietly
– other:

2. Why do you think those words or ideas touch you? How does this connect with what you want in life?

PRAY: Pray for God’s true teaching to prevail in troubled places – within troubled people, within troubled relationships, within troubled groups, between troubled nations.

LIVE: Sit quietly before God, mentally rehearsing the sort of person you need to be to bring true teaching that results in such peace.

By: Eugene Peterson in Solo

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