Waiting on GodWritten by 9th Avenue Church of Christ on May 29, 2016 in - No Comments
Justice & Judgment: Lesson #7
A. While some of Micah’s message had been one of hope (Micah 4-5), all of it has been couched in things that were negative and difficult to hear.
B. Once you had delivered such a message, what would your reaction be?
C. The final chapter of Micah gives a glimpse into his heart, but also into the very heart of God.
A. A Lament for the Land (Micah 7:1-7)
1. Micah and Jeremiah, who were contemporaries, had a softer side.
2. What caused the people to be punished? Their sin (Micah 7:2).
3. The rest of this first section shows that the prophet’s heart was breaking. He had spoken, but people would not listen. His soul ached!
B. A Case in God’s Court (Micah 7:8-13)
1. His lament leads to praise because of God’s sovereign nature (Micah 7:8).
2. Micah 7:9 needs to be understood in our time. We are not perfect, but we also have a right to judge based upon God’s standard, so long as we are also striving to live up to that standard!
3. God will work things out in His way at His time.
C. A Sea Trip for Our Sins (Micah 7:14-20)
1.Micah, though a book filled with difficult things, ends in hope!
2. Micah 7:14-17 show that people will eventually understand that God has been right all along.
3. Knowing that, the prophet pens beautiful words about the forgiving nature of God: “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
A. Tragically, the message of Micah went virtually unheeded. The people continued to look everywhere for help except to the Lord.
B. But there were a few who were faithful; the remnant was real. God was merciful and forgiving.
C. And He still is, if we will remember His justice and His judgment, and walk humbly before Him.