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Welcome to the Westside church’s special Monday Morning Coffee podcast with Mark Roberts. Mark is a disciple, a husband, father and grand dad, as well as a certified coffee geek, fan of CS Lewis’ writings and he loves his big red Jeep. He’s also the preacher for Westside church.
Hello, and welcome to the Westside churches special Monday Morning Coffee podcast on this podcast, our preacher Mark Roberts will help you get your week started right. With look back at yesterday's sermon so that we can think through it further and better work the applications into our daily lives. Mark will then look forward into this week's Bible reading so that we can know what to expect and watch for. And, he may have some extra bonus thoughts from time to time. So grab a cup of coffee as we start the week together on Monday Morning Coffee with Mark.Speaker 3:
Good morning. Good morning. Welcome to the Monday Morning Coffee podcast for Monday, April the 10th. Hope you had an amazing Easter Sunday. We're gonna talk about that. We're gonna climb into daily Bible reading. It is O Dark 30 and it is an early start to the week, maybe hard to get the motor started after all the events of a holiday weekend, but it is time. It's Monday, it's the Monday morning coffee podcast and let's get started. So pour that cup of coffee and let's think about yesterday's sermon. I would give you a little insight into preaching on Easter Sunday. It is a big, big challenge. We do have folks who are uncomfortable with any mention of Easter whatsoever because that's obviously not a biblical thing. We observe the Lord's supper and remember the death bear on resurrection of Jesus every Sunday, not just once a year. Then of course we have people who are visiting who expect to hear something about Easter Sunday. And among those people who are visiting, we have people who got drugged there by their spouse or by their parents because it is Easter Sunday and you gotta go to church and maybe we have some people who are beginning to think about Christianity a little bit and have some interest. You're trying to talk to everybody and that can make the sermon last about four days if you're not careful and you try to do too much. But yesterday tried to say some things about the evidence for the resurrection. It is an awfully big claim, but more than anything, bring that home and make that historical fact mean something to everyone to be a life change event. And so yesterday we talked about the resurrection, meaning that we have to live for the Lord now that we can be forgiven and most importantly that we have purpose and hope. That is really where I want to sit down more and more on the subject of hope. I've been preaching on hope in my gospel meetings this last fall and this spring, and I just really am impressed with how that resonates with people today, how people are looking for hope, and of course how the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the center of all of our hopes. Keep thinking about that. Keep working on that and maybe share that lesson with someone. Send them an email link, send them a Facebook message. Send them a text message. Say, Hey, do you need some hope? This sermon is about hope because Jesus's resurrection is about hope. Our hope comes from him. He is not here, he is risen. Let's think about daily Bible reading. It is Monday and we are beginning the last of Micah's sermons in Micah chapter six today. Today we read Micah chapter six, verses one to five, which begins here with the Lord says, all three of these sermons begin with the word here. And I just need to remind you that this is a time of crisis and difficulty for the people of God. Maybe maybe calling them the people of God is too generous because during the time of King aas particularly there was a lot of idolatry and a lot of wickedness. But there's also a lot of nervousness because of the rise of Assyrian power and the Assyrians are marching into Israel and carrying the northern 10 tribes off into captivity never to be seen or heard from again. And you put all that together and you're gonna get people talking about God and that maybe we should be turning to God and should we pray to God. And here is God's lawsuit. This is lawsuit language in today's reading. Notice that as he says here and plead your case verse one before the mountains hear you mountains, the indictment of the Lord. Verse two, this is like it's being tried in a courtroom. Notice that God says, oh my people twice, verse three and verse five, God still cares for them. They are still the people of God and he's still interested in them and he still loves them. And then verse five, there is that call to remember what God has done in the past, the great case of Lac and beam, the talking donkey and all that goes with all of that. God has done so much. Maybe people are talking about those past deliverances and as they look at sakib and the as sirian armies to the north, they're talking about, Hey, couldn't God do something for us? Now, how is that going to work? Can God deliver them? Will God deliver them? Micah has much to say about what they can expect from God and what God expects from them. More on this tomorrow. See you on Tuesday. It is Tuesday and we are reading today just three verses. Can you believe that Micah six, six to eight, what about that? Well, the reason we're reading just those verses is because these are some of the most famous verses in all of the Old Testament, and I talked about that in the 9:00 AM on Sunday because I specifically from Micah six, six to eight, and I don't have an awful lot to add here in the podcast to that. If you weren't in the nine, then you need to go listen to that sermon. I would just say we have to keep sitting this in the time that Micah spoke it during the time of of the fears of the Assyrians to the north. And there is a sense here of God is asking too much. When is God gonna get on the job and do something for us? How can we get God to do something for us? We need a deliverance here and God is specifying this is what he wants. Verse eight, I want you to do justice. That's to act with equity and fairness, especially towards those who are oppressed, who are being run over and then they need to love kindness or some translations have mercy and all those different translations just cue you up if you read from different translations and you should that there is some difficulty translating the Hebrew word there and that is that Hebrew word has said, which we don't have a good English equivalent for. It is that loyal covenant love. Faithful love is what that's about. And this, this is talking about loving God and being faithful to their commitment to God, their covenant with God, and then finally to walk humbly. And when we think of course of of walking humbly, we think about humility and the things that go with that. It may actually be better rendered. Walk carefully to live carefully within the law of God and the way that God wants you to live. I'm not real big on redefining terms and I'm not real big on, oh, it says this, but it really means that. But there is a fair amount of discussion about how to handle that Hebrew word, and I think it's fair to say you can see that either direction, and I think maybe in some ways living the way God wants you to live is part of walking humbly, because I need to be humble enough to admit I'm not in charge. I don't know how to live. I need to do things God's way. So those may not be quite so contrasting. They may in fact be the same, same idea that we need to do what the Lord wants us to do. So there is a huge emphasis here on do we need to make a big religious show to get God's attention? And the prophet says that's that's not necessary at all. What you need to do is you need to do justice. You need to be faithful to the covenant and you need to walk humbly with your God. That's a very simple formula, and I think that formula plays today just as much as it did in Micah's time. Maybe listen to that sermon again. Pray about this. Read it again and again. Read it from different translations. It's only three verses, but what? Wow, what great verses these three verses are. See you tomorrow. Welcome to Wednesday, and today we finish Micah, the sixth chapter. We're reading Micah chapter six verses nine to 16, and this, this set of verses really needs to go with the verses yesterday. Those verses are so famous they just get read in isolation. But here today we read what's actually happening yesterday is what God wants to have happen. Now, today we read verse 11, A man with wicked scales in a bag of deceitful weights. Can you imagine a rigged scale? So you go to the butcher and he weighs out your meat and you're being shorted. Or maybe you go to the market and you weigh out your wheat to sell, and again, you're being cheated, but Richmond are full of violence. Verse 12, people speak lies. There's deceit. Verse 13, judgment is going to come. The sentence is handed down and the punishment fits the crime. Verse 14, you shall not be satisfied. There shall be hunger within you, you shall put away but not preserve what you preserve. I will give to the sword. This is straight out of Deuteronomy 28 verse 40 and Deuteronomy 28 51. We started the year in Deuteronomy because that is where the covenant is located and those are the terms of the covenant and there's the blessings and there's the curses and Micah quotes it. Micah quotes it. This is what God told you would happen if you live this way and it's going to happen because you're living like Oy and Ahab. Verse 16, oy and Ahab kings in the north and they ruled a hundred years ago, but they are still the model of apostacy. They are still the consummate example of sin and wickedness. You're living like the northern tribes, what happened to them? That's gonna happen to you if there's not repentance. Let's think through that more as we turn to Micah chapter seven on Thursday. It is Thursday and today we start Micah, the seventh chapter. We're reading the first seven verse here and there's two parts to this versus one to six contained the complaint. And then verse seven is about Micah's confidence. The imagery in verse one is not entirely clear, but it seems like the idea is the harvest has been stolen. I came to look for the, the vineyard keeper comes to look for the harvest and and there's nothing there, and that's probably the image of invasion. The as Syrian army coming through and stripping the land bare and clean. Remember, it is quite common for Israel to be portrayed as a vineyard or as a vine. We saw that in Jose 10. We will see that in Isaiah the fifth chapter. And the complaint here is about how there's no one who's godly. Instead, there is once again all kinds of oppression of the poor. In fact, in verse three, the leaders ask for bribes. Oh my, this is just an absolute disaster. And so the day has come. Verse four, the day of judgment has arrived the day of your watchmen. That becomes an important idea. In a moment. The day of the watchmen has come. I've been watching for judgment. Now it is here five and six. Describe all the chaos that goes with an invasion. People running everywhere, going everywhere and betraying each other. And then there is the quiet confidence of Micah. Verse seven. As for me, I will look to the Lord, look here or watch in verse seven is the same term as watchmen. In verse four, I am the watchman, but now I'm watching for salvation, not judgment. Let's talk more about that tomorrow. See you on Friday. Hey, oh, it is Friday and we are finishing the week and we're finishing the book of Micah. Today we conclude Micah, we're reading Micah chapter seven, verse eight to 20, and this is Micah's song of victory. What you get here is four stanzas that have three lines each, and Micah is singing of hope and Micah is singing of grace and forgiveness in what God is doing. You may notice that this song starts out quietly and then it just gets louder and louder as Micah affirms the goodness of God. So that starts here in verse eight. Their hope is in God, in what God is going to do. If he punished Israel for wrongdoing, then how much more will he punish those who have wronged his elect city and blasphemed him? And so Judas survives this invasion and ultimately is going to come home from Babylon. As I'm working down into verse 11, in verse 12, God is going to act, God is going to save. Ultimately, we're probably reminded here about what we read in Micah for about all nations coming to Jerusalem and to the mountain of God. God is still working in Jerusalem and God is still working with his people here. The unbelievers, of course, verse 13, they'll become a just a desolation. They'll be judged because of their deeds and then God will shepherd his people just some beautiful language beginning in verse 14. There's prayer and there's assurance and there's reflection. Here God is speaking. Verse 15, I will show them marvelous things. This sounds so much like Moses' victory song in Exodus 15 on the shores of the Red Sea, when the Egyptians had been destroyed, all people will see the greatness of God and how he defends his people. Finally then in verses 1819, in 20, there is a hymn of praise celebrating the God who forgives and there is such beautiful language here. He does not retain his anger forever. He casts verse 19, our sins into the depths of the sea. Wow, that is such a striking metaphor. And then once again, the promises are cited, you will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, right out of Genesis 12. God has promised and God will do as he has promised. That is our faithful covenant, keeping God. Praise God for being a promise keeper. That ends the book of Micah and that's our daily Bible reading for this week. As always, I say thank you for listening. 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