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Beat swords into ploughshares

Beat swords into ploughshares

One day things will be made right. It all begins with Christ and His ministry of truth and grace. Micah looks forward to the ministry of Christ in today's reading.

Micah 4: The Mountain of the LORD

1 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it,

2 and many nations shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

3 He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore;

4 but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

5 For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.

The LORD Shall Rescue Zion

6 In that day, declares the LORD, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted;

7 and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore.

8 And you, O tower of the flock, hill of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, the former dominion shall come, kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.

9 Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counsellor perished, that pain seized you like a woman in labour?

10 Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labour, for now you shall go out from the city and dwell in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued; there the LORD will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.

11 Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, "Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion."

12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.

13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; and shall devote their gain to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.

Things to think about…

1.Micah 4:1-4 is prophetic for the future from Micah's point of view looking to Christ, but also prophetic from our point of view looking at the land of Israel and the peace that will eventually come to this area. We know in the Millennium that the nations will go up to Jerusalem, the mountain of the Lord and they will be taught His ways and bring Him glory, Mic 4:2. Christ has come and He brings peace, but nations are still at war, especially in the Middle East. Jerusalem is still not a city of complete peace, so this must be future from our position in history as well. It is interesting that the United Nations have vs 3 (also Isaiah 2:3,4) as part of a sculpture on their building headquarters site in New York. But the United Nations cannot bring eternal peace. Christ alone is the Prince of peace.

2.Micah 4:6&7 look forward to the ministry of Christ on earth in His complete ministry, this includes His first and second advents. Christ healed the lame, vs 6 when He walked the earth, but is yet to reign in Mt Zion forevermore, vs 7. This will happen in two stages. The first with the setting up of the Millennial kingdom, Rev 20 and then secondly when the New Jerusalem shall descend from heaven, the bride, the Lamb's wife where Christ will dwell forever, Rev 21 in the New Heavens and New Earth.

3.Look at Mic 4:10. It says they will go to Babylon – to captivity. Remember Micah is writing in the early 8th Century BC. The Babylonian captivity did not happen until the 6th Century BC almost 200 years later. The Lord's word will be fulfilled. Someone once said that the Mill of God turns slowly, but it grinds exceedingly fine. This is true. The Lord's timing is perfect. DO you struggle with the Lord's plans in your life? Fortunately we serve a God who is slow to anger, but quick in mercy.

4.The enemies of the Lord do not understand that even when they are used to judge His people that they themselves will also be judged, Mic 4:12&13. The Lord will open the eyes of the Jewish people, they will embrace Christ and He will fight for them to bring 1000 years of peace over Israel and fulfil many of the OT prophesies including these found in Micah. God does all things for the good of His people and the glory of His name. Rejoice in His sovereign will for your life.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

For Cell groups

"A life of ease and ignorance" – reading Amos 6:1-6..

1.What is your idea of perfect relaxation? Does it involve your faith? How?

2.There is so much judgement in Amos – indeed in all the minor prophets. How do you deal with the constant exposure of bad news. E.g on facebook and the news with the fires and other world events. What is your response to constant images of sadness and loss in the light of your faith and hope in Christ?

3.Jesus asks everyone to enter into His rest. This involves all of life, the easy and the tough stuff. How is Christ "rest" for you?

4.Pray our community especially as we lead up to Carols and the Christmas Day services. May many enter into the rest of Christ during this season. Invite everyone along!

Prayer Points

1.Pray regarding fire danger again this week. Qld and NSW set to have high temps today and remainder of this week. Pray especially for SA today. Extreme fire danger for this state.

2.4 people have lost their lives. Over 350 homes lost.

3.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia.

4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.

5.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.

6.More Sunday school, RI and Recharge Leaders next year.

7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

8.Sunday's messages. "The point of it all" Micah 6. in the morning and "Everyone's mean to me" – Sunday night.

9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

10.Church finances to meet our expenses.

11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Unanimous decisions on new leadership structure and 2 elders – Graham Willey and Doug Horne at AGM on Sunday.

2.Stanthorpe drought relief target $1500 has been achieved.

3.More new folk at CBC on Sunday.

4.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and team.

5.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Willey group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.

3.Recharge Youth – Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.

4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.

5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.

6.Final Men's breakfast – Saturday 30th November after the morning service. $20 7AM-9am 5 ways espresso café, 600 Sherwood Road. Payment due next Sunday.

7.Creation Ministries – Sunday 1st December. Dr Ron Neller "From Evolutionist to Creationist!" Invite a friend 6pm.

8.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.

This month's catechism question...

Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

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