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August 1, 2016

"What does the Lord Require?"

Micah 6:8

8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?


Don't you just relish the simplicity of this verse?

Set in the midst of a torrent of judgment, this little verse surfaces to send the hearer into a realm of reality that is lost in the deep waters of national confusion.

O' how we need to touch base once again with God's requirements.

How easily we become overwhelmed with the preachments of men. Their books on the "Six ways to succeed in life," or "Three avenues to a better prayer life," or "the Sixteen ways to grow a modern church," or "The 168 ways to prosper now," boggle the mind and leave one grasping for a simple book of "inspirational messages," while trying to figure out where to go next.

Micah reaches into the sanctuary of saneness and offers another calming word to the "scorched saint." The prophet displays the kind of God who is real and to whom any may come.

Micah 7:18-20
18 Who is a God like You,
Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in mercy.
19 He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea.

20 You will give truth to Jacob
And mercy to Abraham,
Which You have sworn to our fathers
From days of old.

You see--Micah is no "minor prophet."

He was contemporary to two other men of God: Isaiah (740 BC) and Hosea (735 BC). He might have been influenced by Hosea in that he calls Jerusalem, a harlot.

Few prophets can equal his vision of the future. He knows what will happen many years after his time on earth and why they happen.

Review for a moment the span of items in his short treatise of seven chapters. He foretells the fall of the Northern Kingdom and their ten tribes. He names their conquerors as the Assyrians. Micah tells of the captivity of the Southern kingdom under Babylon's invasion. He tells them they will return and build again. (Mind you, he saw incidents which took place years after his lifetime, 735 BC & following.)

Micah begins by naming the Capitals of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. Judgment is pronounced on Samaria first, then the transgressions of Judah and Israel.

Micah 1:4-5
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob
And for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
Are they not Jerusalem?

Do not forget these are his people and the heritage of Jacob. Micah is not aloof from emotional ties with both scenes. It shakes him to see what is coming.

Micah 1:8-9
Therefore I will wail and howl,
I will go stripped and naked;
I will make a wailing like the jackals
And a mourning like the ostriches,
9 For her wounds are incurable.
For it has come to Judah;
It has come to the gate of My people -
To Jerusalem.

Historically, Micah moves from place to place. He even names details of the birth and ministry of Christ. The prophet names the birthplace of the Messiah as Bethlehem. He tells of the grand plan of God to make Jesus the deliverer for all time. Then, Micah jumps down to the end of days and talks about the return of the Jews to Israel, the battles facing them and the world order brought to its knees before Him.

Also, he uses concise and detailed reasons for the judgment upon Jacob. He classifies the rotten roots of the population. Starting with the power elite who are Rulers, Administrative Leaders and Heads of Tribes, he spells out their character in barbed honesty. Surely, he would never have been invited to social events because of his indictments. Most prophets were ostracized. I would imagine he didn't care because he was a country boy living southwest of Jerusalem.

After alienating the leadership of his country, he exposed the sins of the clergy, the local gentry and the complicit behavior of the common man. He paints a canvas full of reasons for God to be angry, and then tempers it with the passage we cited first (Micah 6:8). In addition, he gave his personal statement of faith.

He, in essence, was saying, "You can continue in all this sin if you wish, but as for me and my house--We will serve the Lord."

(For a much deeper study, see page 125 and following in the book, Sealed Unto His Coming.)

Examine now a few chosen passages that will illustrate the depth of his understanding. It couldn't have been easy for him to circulate among the personages God chose to indict. First, look at Leadership:


1. Administrators of Government, heads of economy and religious spokespersons.
(They skin the people and have no shame.)

Micah 3:1-2
Is it not for you to know justice?
2 You who hate good and love evil;
Who strip the skin from My people.

What will God do to these leaders? (He will not hear their prayers and He will hide from them.)

Micah 3:9
Now hear this,
You heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And pervert all equity,

(Remember to judge each group according to Micah 6:8. Remind yourself the first tenet of the requirement was, "do justly.")

Micah 3:11 Her heads judge for a bribe, Her priests teach for pay, And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD, and say,
"Is not the LORD among us?
No harm can come upon us."

(Remember the third tenet was, "walk HUMBLY with your God."
Today, religious leaders, clergy and prophets tell the public these identical things.)

Micah 7:3
The prince asks for gifts,
The judge seeks a bribe,
And the great man utters his evil desire.

(Remember these are recognized officials. The second tenet was, "love mercy.")

The prophet casts a net over the lot of them and sums their plight.

Micah 4:12
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD,
Nor do they understand His counsel.

Micah offers a rhetorical question. Such a question requires an answer, which if given approves or indicts the person.

Micah 2:7-8
Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted?
Are these His doings?
Do not My words do good
To him who walks uprightly?
8 "Lately My people have risen up as an enemy"

(Had leadership become an enemy of God?)

2. Prophets: (including clergy)
Prophets are called, Prattlers of the People. Why, because they prophesied out of their own reasoning. They sought to be "politically correct." In other words, their combined message was, "Don't fear; It's party time."

Micah 2:11
If a man should walk in a false spirit
And speak a lie, saying,
'I will prophesy to you of wine and drink,'
Even he would be the prattler of this people.

The plight of the false "prattler:"

Micah 3:5
Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets
Who make my people stray;
Who chant "Peace"

What is to be their lot?

Micah 3:6-7
Therefore you shall have night without vision,
And you shall have darkness without divination;
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
And the day shall be dark for them.
7 So the seers shall be ashamed,
And the diviners abashed;
Indeed they shall all cover their lips;
For there is no answer from God."

Micah hurries to say, "Those described are not Me!!!"

Micah separates himself from those he descries. He wants those who hear him to know that what he says comes from God and the social isolation surrounding him will not affect him, though he should fall.

Micah 3:8
8 But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD,
And of justice and might,
To declare to Jacob his transgression
And to Israel his sin.

In another place, he gives his personal testimony of faith. This is the plight of the true prophet!

Micah 7:7-9
7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.
8 Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The LORD will be a light to me. 9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case And executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light I will see His righteousness.

Most of charismatica would fault Micah for such a confession. "Don't make a negative confession; make a positive statement." Perhaps he read the required tenets of Micah 6:8.

3. The Common man.

Micah turned from the leaders of the people, to the people themselves. What he saw was the product of a society and a religion which had abandoned truth and righteousness. The preachment of the clergy had not been from the guidance of the Spirit as was Micah's testimony, but from their own treachery. Here is the result:

Micah 6:12
(Jerusalem)Her inhabitants have spoken lies,
And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

Micah 7:2
2 The faithful man has perished from the earth,
And there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
Every man hunts his brother with a net.

Clearly, Micah felt his message was a universal one; therefore, it can be easily adopted for scrutiny of this generation. He addressed the people of God and the WHOLE EARTH.

Micah 1:2
Hear, all you peoples!
Listen, O earth, and all that is in it!
Let the Lord GOD be a witness against you,
The Lord from His holy temple.

Much of Micah's work deals with the reign of the Messiah upon the earth. Details and determinates abound, but few quote more than scattered verses from his work. Why? It does not fit the model of theologians and their eschatological views. Rich promises and great venues give rise to a glorious kingdom reign. (It would do well to read and meditate these passages. We shall not enter their domain in this study, but sometime in the future.)

One last consideration, I want to make plain his understanding of ritual Judaism. The sacrifices and their attendant offerings were what the people had come to believe placated God. How wrong they were. Israel's God was no Hindu figure accepting flower petals, nor is He some Buddha with lotus offerings. The Almighty did not care a whit (in 735 BC) about keeping festivals, feasts and seasons. He cared about righteousness and holy living. He still does!!

Many of the things done, currently, in religious circles would fall into these same categories. Deeply consider this next passage, please.

Micah 6:6-7
6 With what shall I come before the LORD,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Is He pleased with Sabbaths, prayer shawls, candles or offerings? Is He pleased with great song services and worship teams? No, not as much as He is pleased with these three venues:

Micah 6:8
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Until Next month,

Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.

From the Mailbag:

l. Brenda, W., Somerville, Texas (Commenting on the new book about Isaiah)
          Dr. Oliver, I was so delighted to see your new book "Studies in Isaiah." I enjoy all your writings and newsletters.
          I have been asking God for stronger discernment and wisdom for there are so many changes in the churches and teachings. I'm praying and believing for a great move of God.
          Thank you so much for all you have done for us through the years. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.

(Comment: Brenda also asks for prayer about a location move.)

2. Tammy C., Leesville, La. (Commenting on July 1, Newsletter)
          Thank you so much, Dr Oliver, for this message. I have been preaching this for a long time, but few will receive it..... and it's a lonely place, when you have an unpopular message, but it is through love that one continues to bring it anyway. There is no real freedom until you realize that Jesus was the promise and the promise was fulfilled in Him and there is no other, this is what those who "believed," believed. In fact, I understand this to be The Gospel and not the religion that we know today. I understand this to a depth that I cannot explain and have lost many that I have loved because I cannot "un-know" this!
           Again, thank you. This truly was a gift to a tired soul.

(Comment: Tammy, you have voiced much to many of us; Thank you for your boldness.)

3. GERT59 on You Tube: (Commenting on a Witness Project interview)

(Comment: we feature these interviews on our website: as well.)

The Prayer Focus:

From Brian Mason:

Dear Dr. Oliver,

Found your June newsletter a help on this one.

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
1 Kings 17:1
Elijah knew his God and acted with certainty for he was God's man with a mission, that of calling the nation back to God through the restoration of the worship of the majestic, awesome and sovereign God who had set apart Israel for Himself. Elijah acted with authority. He could stand up to Ahab and pronounce the Word of judgment upon the rebellious king. This boldness came from being in the will of God. He had the confidence in the victory which would ultimately remove the false prophets who had been responsible for the apostasy of God's people. Through doing the will of God before Ahab this ensured that the time would come at Mount Carmel when God would re-establish His authority as God would be given His rightful place.

This is to be the same in these days in Great Britain too. The Lord Jesus Christ is to be given the pre-eminence. A supernatural intervention has taken place in response to intercessory prayer when God delivered the nation from the satanic European Union. The same certainty is now needed to intercede for the perfect will of God to be brought into every area of life. Will you join me in praying through for the establishment of godly women and men to bring Great Britain into line with God's perfect will? A nation whose sovereign rules under God and its laws in accordance with the Bible. A nation whose children are taught the way of salvation according to the Bible and brought up in the nurture and love of God. For a nation which is in line with God will be a nation in victory for the blessing of God shall be upon every area of life not just for a privileged few. Even the fields and the sea shall yield in abundance as evidence of God being given His rightful place.


Brian Mason Email:

Missions Report:

From Larry and Marla Johnston in Guatemala:

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We can hardly believe that the last newsletter written was in April! We apologize for not staying in contact, things seem to be accelerated here as we push the kingdom of darkness back and preach the light and love of Jesus Christ in Guatemala and Honduras. Summertime always brings lots of fun and activities as well as teams and interns and make the daily schedule so much fun....but it doesn't always leave much time for writing. We hope that you have a tall glass of iced tea or a good cup of coffee so that you can sit back and read about the wonderful things happening here!, butterflies and bibles!

First up La Ruidosa!

Absolute beauty as we drove all the way to the top of the mountain to reach a precious body of believers tucked away in the mountains of Honduras. The village of La Ruidosa has been built for 5 years but we haven't been able to go to it because it just takes so long to get there! The rains have started and so has the planting so we had a light crowd this Saturday morning. But you can see the hard work and love that the believers have put into their church! It was a sweet tender time with our dear brethren.

Thanks to Matt Stanley we were able to present this pastor with a solar powered audio bible. His reading skills aren't the best and his eyesight is failing, so he was very happy to get the audio bible to play for special nights of gathering for the word!

Las Brisas was next up!
Then we were off to las brisas! I think we must have crossed the same river (without a bridge) at least 4 times! It seemed like we went to the other side of the world! But it was all worth it as we drove up to see so many loving faces! The smell of pine straw was in the air, they were ready for the "great celebration"! We had not been there very long at all when there was a huge explosion!!!!! It was just fireworks, I (Marla) actually screamed it was so loud! Lol!! After that the children warned me when another was going to be lit! Haha.

It was just so marvelous, a group of brothers even wrote a song about how they got their church! Ha! Ha!

It all came and went way too fast. I love the people of God!

Agua Buena was first up on Sunday!

We left at 6:45 to travel into the department of Santa Barbara to a tiny village so far up into the mountains! The clouds still hung low like cotton on the mountain tops, and as the sun burned away the clouds a flurry of yellow butterflies ushered us up the mountain to the villa of of Agua Buena-Good Water. But it doesn't just have Good water it has good people! The service was amazing as God brought a word so powerful declaring open heavens over that village!!! This is a brand new work.

Please pray that it grows in strength and number!

Last Church was Zapote 1
(yes there is a Zapote 2)

Church #5 was Zapote 1, and it was such a joy! This church is nestled deep within the heart of almost 2000 acres of sugarcane!
The congregation and pastor all work in the sugarcane fields.

We had to cross a wooden hammock bridge with the truck! The pastor and congregation was so happy that we had finally been able to come so far to see the work. It was all worth it to see what the believers there have done in a couple of years!

Just think...there are believers tucked away all over the world! In coffee fields, tea estates, masai mara, jungles, mountains and deserts serving God and making a difference!!

Motorcycles for Missionaries gives away another bike!

While we were in Honduras we had the distinct honor of presenting a motorcycle on behalf of our home church, Generations Church, in Spring Texas. The motorcycle went to a sweet Godly man who has walked countless miles and hours to oversee churches.

Thank you Gchurch, Pastor Albert Hale, Pastor Scott Brady Hale, he said to tell you how very grateful he is!

We capped off our Honduran trip with a Pastors Conference!

We had a great time of fellowship and word as we gathered with the pastors in Honduras. We studied prayer as it was modeled by was a special time of connecting with them, listening to the praise report of how their churches are growing too!

Kenya Mission Trip

We haven't been to Kenya for several years, and we are excited to announce that we are planning to visit there again this year!

We would like to ask you to pray for us, the team, and finances. We want to give you an opportunity to sow into Kenya. If the Lord lays on your heart to help us go please click the link below and select "Missionaries Larry & Marla Johnson" from the drop down menu. We know that God will see and reward you. Thank you in advance. Here is a little about our trip.

We will be entrusting the ministry here in Guatemala in the hands of our very capable staff, but we will be working very closely with them. Technology today is wonderful and we maintain daily contact with them although we are in Kenya.

We are heading out on August 17th. We are going with our Pastor Albert Hale. We want to be a part of helping raise up leaders for the work of the ministry. While we are there we will be doing a 2 day mini bible school in 2 separate locations. There are some bush church dedications as well! Our home church continues to build churches all over the world, here in Guatemala, Honduras, and even Kenya. We will be traveling into the bush to dedicate these churches. They are all built in remote areas. The pastors attending the bible school are from these remote village churches. We will be there almost 3 weeks. God Bless! Mungu akubariki!

Blessings, Larry & Marla Johnson



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