Search This Blog

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

11/10/11- Tickle Our Ears

6 “Do not prophesy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.” 7 You descendants of Jacob, should it be said, “Does the LORD become impatient? Does he do such things?” “Do not my words do good to the one whose ways are upright? 8 Lately my people have risen up like an enemy. You strip off the rich robe from those who pass by without a care, like men returning from battle. 9 You drive the women of my people from their pleasant homes. You take away my blessing
from their children forever. 10 Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place, because it is defiled,
it is ruined, beyond all remedy. 11 If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people! (Micah 2:6-11)

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
(2 Tim. 4:3)
(2008 film "Yes Man" about a man who only says yes- even when he knows he wants and needs to say no).

Thoughts: Surely the people did not want to hear that their city and land would be destroyed.  Instead, what they really wanted was a prophet who forecast prosperity and blessedness- even if it were a lie.  In particular- more wine and beer in which to overindulge.  They are taking away the security of the people.  The rich are robbed and the women are taken out of their homes. 
In our own day, how we long for some good news.  The Greeks were paying their debts.  The Italian economy improves, as does the U.S. economy.  But we are not hearing much good news.  Sometimes we deceive ourselves by longing for good news, even if it is not true.

Prayer: Lord, keep me from self deception.  Help me to be bold enough to hear rebuke from your word. 

No comments:

Post a Comment