HER WOUND IS INCURABLE
In the first chapter of Micah, the prophet tells the city of Jerusalem that God is coming against them in judgment and there is nothing they can do but grieve. However, when King Hezekiah prayed for God’s mercy, God defeated Israel’s enemies and delivered the city. What does this event and this poem have to teach us about who God is?
WILL GOD ABIDE?
In Micah 2, the prophet criticizes the wealthy and powerful for taking advantage of the vulnerable around them and yet believing that God will abide with them indefinitely and unconditionally. As uncomfortable as it makes us, we can identify with the powerful people more than we might realize. But the good news is that Micah 2 also reveals to us a God who is compassionate and present.
CROOKS AND COWARDS
In Micah 3, the prophet goes after corrupt business leaders, corrupt royal advisors, and corrupt priests. All of them render their services for a price and thereby commit injustice, but they continue to believe that God supports and condones them. We live in a similar world, and like he did with Micah, God is raising up a generation of people to be in the world differently by the power of his Spirit.
FROM ZION SHALL GO FORTH THE LAW
In Micah 4, the prophet has a vision of an idyllic future in which all nations gather together under God’s headship to learn Torah from him and to transform their weapons of war into tools of agriculture. Over one-hundred years later, Jeremiah recognized that for this vision to ever happen, God would have to do something to the human heart to make us receptive to God’s instruction. This is precisely what happens in the coming of the Spirit.
Our preacher was ill the morning this sermon was to be given, so one of our elders read his manuscript and the sermon was not recorded. However, the manuscript can be found below.
THE SHEPHERD KING
Micah 5 anticipates the coming of a king-who-would-be-shepherd from the line of David. This prophecy taps into a long tradition of describing biblical leaders as shepherds. In this lesson, we explore what makes for a bad shepherd, what makes for a good shepherd, and what Jesus may have meant when he said, “I am the good shepherd.”
MERCY, EXPECTATION, JUSTICE
In Micah 6, God files a lawsuit against his people. He begins by recounting his acts of mercy toward them. Then they ask what God expected of them in response to his mercy. And because of their failure to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with him, God declares that he will execute judgment on them.
THE TIME HAS COME
In this final message in the book of Micah, we look at the prophet’s assessment of the world, his hope for those who keep their eyes on the Lord, and the basis of our hope in God’s character.