TOPIC: House Of The Wicked (DCLM Daily Manna 14 June 2021)
TEXT: Micah 6:10–16
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.
15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
KEY VERSE: “Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?” – (Micah 6:10)
Human decisions are free but not without consequences. Farmers understand the principle of sowing and reaping; thus, they generally prepare to reap what they have sown. When one builds a house of wickedness, the outcome is easily predictable.
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Prophet Micah listed three major practices prevalent in the house of the wicked. These are fraud, violence and falsehood. Whilst fraud is prevalent today in businesses, violence is often carried out by the rich. “The rich men thereof are full of violence.” As for falsehood, “The inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.” Nowadays, there is scarcely a trade or profession carried on without deception and lies. Such are samples of the crimes prevalent in Jerusalem.
The Lord pronounced heartbreaking evils against them because of their sins. They were to be made sick and brought to ultimate desolation. There would be lack and famine such that they would eat and not be satisfied. All the seeds they had sown expecting to reap were to be dashed in pieces with no significant harvest. Their sinful lifestyles attracted pains and sorrows that robbed them of whatever pleasure they had.
Sin will always carry its penalty. Our world today is filled with various evils committed daily by men either in the religious or non-religious world. God who watches the actions of all men will visit the impenitent sinner with divine judgment as He did to backslidden Israelites.
The only way of escape is to quickly repent from all known sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. To cling to sin until the final fleeting breath is drawn is to willingly choose to damn the soul in the intolerable burnings of hell.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The pleasures of sin always end in pain.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Samuel 21-22
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.