Micah - Judgment/Blessings - Pt. III

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Micah’s messages

A contemporary of Isaiah with messages to Israel and Judah, but mostly directed to Judah. Messages between (735-700 B.C.)
Message theme: Overall, Present judgment and promised blessings
First message: Coming judgment and promised restoration (Mic1:1-2:16)
The pronouncement, the reason and the promised restoration for a remnant were seen in this section.
Second message: God’s condemnation of Israel, and the future hope. (Mic3:1-5:15)
The condemnation of the religious and civil leaders and the future exaltation with the picture of the Messianic hope.
Today: God’s indictment with promise of forgiveness and restoration (Mic6:1-7:20)
(Transition) Today we will see the close of the book. Much to the fashion that God spoke through Hosea, we will see God’s complaint (indictment) against Israel just as if it were being presented before the court.
The Lord’s Indictment (controversy) with Israel (Mic6:1-16)
The Lord’s lament and promised forgiveness and restoration (Mic7:1-20)
Drawing a conclusion

The Lord’s indictment

The complaint, the reason, the results, let’s see what we can learn about the Lord’s indictment against the people.
God’s complaint (Mic6:1-5)
Look as this develop of God’s displayed heart here while He calls for the people to plead their case, for He is ready with His.
Micah 6:1–2 NASB95
1 Hear now what the Lord is saying, “Arise, plead your case before the mountains, And let the hills hear your voice. 2 “Listen, you mountains, to the indictment of the Lord, And you enduring foundations of the earth, Because the Lord has a case against His people; Even with Israel He will dispute.
Micah 6:3–4 NASB95
3 “My people, what have I done to you, And how have I wearied you? Answer Me. 4 “Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt And ransomed you from the house of slavery, And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam.
Micah 6:5 NASB95
5 “My people, remember now What Balak king of Moab counseled And what Balaam son of Beor answered him, And from Shittim to Gilgal, So that you might know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
God invites the people to plead their case. Judgment had been pronounced and still they want to plead more. (v.1)
With Isaiah God said, come on let’s settle this, let’s reason this out (Isa1:18)
God has been patient with them, wearied for them and is ready to testify against them (vv.2-3).
God delivered them, God taught them, taught them so they might know the righteous acts of the Lord (vv.4-5)
God’s reason for complaint (Mic6:6-8)
Micah 6:6–7 NASB95
6 With what shall I come to the Lord And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves? 7 Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
Micah 6:8 NASB95
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
Question: What does God require of man, what does He say is good according to (v.8)?
Do justice
others say: Be just; Do justice
Love kindness
others say: Mercy, kindness, faithfulness
Walk humbly with the Lord
One version says in purity, I believe this would be purity of heart.
God’s punishment (Mic6:9-16)
They were to talk one way, but yet they were walking another way, in disobedience to God in dishonesty and in violence
Micah 6:9–10 NASB95
9 The voice of the Lord will call to the city— And it is sound wisdom to fear Your name: “Hear, O tribe. Who has appointed its time? 10 “Is there yet a man in the wicked house, Along with treasures of wickedness And a short measure that is cursed?
Micah 6:11–12 NASB95
11 “Can I justify wicked scales And a bag of deceptive weights? 12 “For the rich men of the city are full of violence, Her residents speak lies, And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Judgment, the appointed time, had come and it was going to be in the form of desolation
Micah 6:13–14 NASB95
13 “So also I will make you sick, striking you down, Desolating you because of your sins. 14 “You will eat, but you will not be satisfied, And your vileness will be in your midst. You will try to remove for safekeeping, But you will not preserve anything, And what you do preserve I will give to the sword.
Micah 6:15–16 NASB95
15 “You will sow but you will not reap. You will tread the olive but will not anoint yourself with oil; And the grapes, but you will not drink wine. 16 “The statutes of Omri And all the works of the house of Ahab are observed; And in their devices you walk. Therefore I will give you up for destruction And your inhabitants for derision, And you will bear the reproach of My people.”
What was the coming judgment as noted in these verse, go ahead scan the verses?
Going to make you sick, strike you down. Going to desolate you because of your sin, going to leave you hungry and unsatisfied. You will sow, but not reap and you know you, you are going to have to bear the reproach of the people.
(Transition) Micah in the other two sections we had looked at in the past weeks he does not leave without some hope. In Micah it was about future blessings. That is where we are heading now.

The Lord’s lament, promised forgiveness and restoration

May we grab from our final section the lament, a confession and the prayer that can bring us a great reminder of who God is, for who is like God?
The lament (Mic7:1-7)
The Lament for the faithful people are not to be found.
So, with them gone the only place, person to go, to trust is God. See now the verses
Micah 7:1–2 NASB95
1 Woe is me! For I am Like the fruit pickers, like the grape gatherers. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, Or a first-ripe fig which I crave. 2 The godly person has perished from the land, And there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait for bloodshed; Each of them hunts the other with a net.
Micah 7:3–4 NASB95
3 Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together. 4 The best of them is like a briar, The most upright like a thorn hedge. The day when you post your watchmen, Your punishment will come. Then their confusion will occur.
Can you feel God’s breaking heart here? Can you see the reason for the lament? Now the instructions because it has gotten so bad.
Micah 7:5–6 NASB95
5 Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. From her who lies in your bosom Guard your lips. 6 For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
Micah 7:7 NASB95
7 But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
What are the instructions given (v.5)?
Why are the instructions given (vv.6)?
I can see some hope given from Micah in (v.7), what is it?
He has faith that God is the God of my salvation and He will hear the prayer, the plea and will answer!
A confession of sin with coming comfort (Mic7:8-13)
Though may fall, I will rise!
God will judge, but will bring me out to the light
It will be the shame of others when that happens
Judgment will come on the earth (others) for their works too. So now the passage.
Micah 7:8–9 NASB95
8 Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for 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 out to the light, And I will see His righteousness.
Micah 7:10–11 NASB95
10 Then my enemy will see, And shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will look on her; At that time she will be trampled down Like mire of the streets. 11 It will be a day for building your walls. On that day will your boundary be extended.
Micah 7:12–13 NASB95
12 It will be a day when they will come to you From Assyria and the cities of Egypt, From Egypt even to the Euphrates, Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain. 13 And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants, On account of the fruit of their deeds.
A promise and a praise (Mic7:14-20)
Starts with prayer of protection than God’s response (vv.14-15)
Then comes the song of praise (vv.16-20)
So, let’s look at it that way.
Micah 7:14–15 NASB95
14 Shepherd Your people with Your scepter, The flock of Your possession Which dwells by itself in the woodland, In the midst of a fruitful field. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead As in the days of old. 15 “As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will show you miracles.”
What is the prayer for (v.14)?
Shepherd your people, provide for them as you did in the days of old.
What is God’s response (v.15)?
I will show you miracles as in the days of old.
God’s character and nature do not change!
Then comes a touch of fear
Micah 7:16–17 NASB95
16 Nations will see and be ashamed Of all their might. They will put their hand on their mouth, Their ears will be deaf. 17 They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. They will come trembling out of their fortresses; To the Lord our God they will come in dread And they will be afraid before You.
The surrounding nations will see the miracles of the Lord and will be afraid and now to where I wanted to get to look and spend a little time on the song of praise.
Micah 7:18–19 NASB95
18 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.
Micah 7:20 NASB95
20 You will give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which You swore to our forefathers From the days of old.
Do you remember what Micah’s name means?
Check the beginning of (v.18) you can get it!
What does God promise in (vv.18-19)?
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Pardon’s iniquity
Passes over rebellion of the remnant
Will not retain anger forever, for He delights in unchanging love
He will have compassion on them and tread on their iniquities, on their sin and take them away!
How is the promise given (v.20)?
The truth from from the word! The word promised is the word fulfilled (Gen12:1-3), the word that brought restoration to them and brings salvation to us!
What can we take away from this?

Drawing a conclusion

The fulfillment of the prophesy of hope was for the latter days, the days in which we live
We have seen the nature of God, the requirement of God (Mic6:8)
Let me give that verse one more time and we will close
Micah 6:8 NASB95
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
(Prayer) (Close)
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