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May21
THE MINOR PROPHETS
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Micah 3: 9 - 4:5
Date: May 21st, 2017
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“WHEN did Micah speak for God?”   Micah 1:1


- 3 Kings of Judah  cf. Jeremiah 26:17-20 _735-710 B.C.= Micah’s   


         Ministry = dark time in Israel’s history (2 Kings 15:12-19:37)


- World Power = Assyrians _4 kings reigned during this time until


          the Israelites were taken captive in 722 B.C.


- Micah is a contemporary of the prophets Hosea (Israel) and Isaiah


          in the court in Jerusalem (cf. King Hezekiah)


 


“WHO was Micah?”


- Micah 1:14 = from Moreshath Gath, 25 miles SW of Jerusalem


- Micah 3:8 = had a clear sense of call from God, knowing Him to be the


           Ruler of the nations, holy, absolutely just in dealing with sin


- Micah had close fellowship with God, and spoke boldly for God


 


“WHY did Micah Speak for God”


- Sins of Samaria (capital of Israel) and Jerusalem (capital of Judah)


   Micah  3:8  cf.  2:8-11, 6:1-16, 7:1-7 = oppression; bribery among judges,


   prophets and priests; exploiting the powerless; covetous, cheating;


   violence; pride


- God will judge sin  Ch. 6 = God’s courtroom scene


- speaking of Hope and Consolation in God = justice (Micah 2:4) through


   the Messiah, Deliverer, Shepherd  Micah 2:12, 13; Ch.4, 5; 7:8-20


 


OVERVIEW OF MICAH


 


1. Prediction of Judgment       Ch. 1-3   -Punishment   - Retribution


2. Prediction of Restoration    Ch.4-5    - Promises       - Restoration


3. Plea for Repentance            Ch.6-7    - Pardon          - Repentance


 


Theme: Judgment and Restoration of Judah


Key Verses:  Micah 6:8 = God’s kind of People


                     Micah 7:18 = Our kind of God


Key Concepts: Confrontation, Courtroom Micah 6:1-16, Consolation


Micah’s “HOPE” (Micah 7:7): O.T. hope involved a willingness to wait,


             and a settled confidence that what God has for us in the


             future is good


 


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CHRIST IN MICAH


- Micah 5:2 – birthplace and eternal nature of the coming Ruler,


           700 years B.C.         cf. Matt. 2:5, 6


- Micah 2:12, 13; 4:1-8; 5:4, 5 = Shepherd of His people, and the


           establishment of Mount Zion / Jerusalem  _God’s Kingdom


 


“WHAT Does Micah Say To US?”


 


1. We Need to be CLEAR about What God has Revealed.


- God is Sovereign, Holy, Righteous, Just, Love


- God will not allow sin to go unpunished   Rom.6:23; Ezek. 18:20


- God pursues Sinners  -> Restored Relationship  Luke 19:10; Eph.1:6


POINT: Micah was CLEAR about What God Said, and so must we be.


 


2. There is a Direct Relationship between Spirituality (loving God) and


     Social Ethics (loving Others)  1 John 2:6-8; 3:16, 17; 4:19, 21


- 6:8 = God’s moral requirements


   a. “Justice”: our response to God _commitment to fairness


   b. “Love Mercy”: beyond fairness to a heart response to the needs of


                 others  cf. not giving others what they deserve (Grace      


                 involves giving others what they don’t deserve.)


                 Eph.2:4, 4:32; Luke 6:35b, 26; 1 Pet.1:3


   c. “Walk Humbly With Your God”: our main response to God is to


                  submit to His will


POINT: People who are the ‘real deal’ live this total package = “Don’t


              be like Israel and Judah!”


 


3. God Passionately Pursues His Disobedient People


- speaking the truth regarding judgment and pardon    Micah  7:18; Rom. 11:22


- extend MERCY beyond Comparison _someone always suffers loss


   when sin takes place…in giving His Son, God did


- God brings us to CRISIS to humble us


 


4. God Promises Ultimate Restoration     Micah 7:8-2


   FACT = Micah 5:12 came true     -> FAITH in God’s Word