I was studying Micah 2 and trying to make sense out of it with my commentary. Then I saw an application for our (hopefully) future book and I wrote in a file for that book (on the topic of “sin management):

“Sin Management comes from not fully facing sin and taking responsibility. I think I find this in Micah 2: 6-11. Basically, the false prophets say to Micah and other correct prophets like him (IE Isaiah): “Don’t talk about judgment. God and His Spirit don’t work that way. He’s a God of love ; he won’t bring judgment.” They are like people who rescue people from the consequences of their sin. Sin management says, “Oh it’s not that bad. God won’t judge and discipline. You don’t need to repent. Just do your best. God helps those who help themselves.”

To try to get some further insight, ” I turned to The Message and read for Micah 2:6-7:
“Don’t preach,” say the preachers.
“Don’t preach such stuff.
Nothing bad will happen to us.
Talk like this to the family of Jacob?
Does God lose his temper?
Is this the way he acts?
Isn’t he on the side of good people?
Doesn’t he help those who help themselves?”

I smiled! I wrote down, “Maybe I should write a paraphrase!”

Smile with me! :0-)