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Jesus - the breaker of chains

Jesus - the breaker of chains

Praise God for His faithfulness. Jesus says I will honour those who honour Me. Remain steadfast and He will bless you. Be consistent in your calling. Micah encourages us to remain faithful in our ministries.

Micah 2: Woe to the Oppressors

1 Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.

2 They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.

3 Therefore thus says the LORD: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster.

4 In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, "We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me! To an apostate he allots our fields."

5 Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the LORD.

6 "Do not preach"---thus they preach--- "one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us."

7 Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Has the LORD grown impatient? Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly?

8 But lately my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war.

9 The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendour forever.

10 Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction.

11 If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink," he would be the preacher for this people!

12 I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob; I will gather the remnant of Israel; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in its pasture, a noisy multitude of men.

13 He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the LORD at their head.

Micah 3: Rulers and Prophets Denounced

1 And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice?---

2 you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones,

3 who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron.

4 Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.

5 Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry "Peace" when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths.

6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them;

7 the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.

8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.

9 Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight,

10 who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity.

11 Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us."

12 Therefore because of you Zion shall be ploughed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.

Things to think about…

1.Being a wise business man is a blessing from the Lord. But gaining money from those who are already poor by devising ways of taking more money from them is a disgrace, especially when there is time given even before sleep to plot and plan to do so, Mic 2:1. This was against the Mosaic Law, not to mention against general conscience. Micah is speaking against the ruler's desires to even take the land, the inheritance of these poor leaving them with no blessing for their children, Amos 2:1,2. God therefore is plotting against them, vs 2 and He will take away their land, vs 3. It says that after judgement they will also complain by saying that God gave up the land to someone who also rejects Him, vs 4. Do we complain when God disciplines us and seems to show favour to unbelievers even before He shows His grace towards us? If we know God, the issue in the first instance is our own obedience.

2.Look at what was being said of Micah by the people – "Do not preach"…Mic 2:6. They didn't like hearing Micah's negative sermons. Sometimes all we want to hear is a positive sermon. But when the nation was rebelling against God it was impossible for Micah to provide their wish. Look at what Micah's hearers wanted to hear, 2:11. Preach fluffy sermons that exalt wine and strong drink…there is nothing new under the sun folks. I saw a comment from preacher of a large church speak out against Israel Folau's post regarding why Australia is experiencing drought and fires. The preacher said "Pray for your Nation, don't condemn it." Then quoted John 3:17. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." This is true, but the context of John 3 is that all men everywhere should repent, "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed." John 3:19, 20. There is "no condemnation for those 'in Christ Jesus", Rom 8:1, but for everyone else who does not repent of sin, there is condemnation. Jesus did not condemn the woman caught in adultery, but he also said to her to "go and sin no more", John 8:11.

3.Micah 2:13 is ultimately a prophesy about Jesus. He is the One who breaks the chains and is the king who passes on before them, "the LORD at their head". Hallelujah! Continue to break the chains of sin over Australia our great God!

4.The rulers in Micah's day should have known better and led the people in righteousness, Mic 3:1-3. Pray for those who are in leadership in the country and in the churches of Australia. Pray that pastors will be faithful with their callings, while they speak of God's love and grace, that they do so without leaving off God's truth.

5.Look at what Micah says of himself and his preaching – he is filled with power, the Spirit of the Lord, with justice and might to declare Jacob's transgression and Israel's sin, Mic 3:8. Please keep praying for me that God would continue to give me wisdom, courage and conviction to love you enough to give you the truth, regardless of whether it feels good or not. Micah 3:8 is ultimately fulfilled in Christ who came to Israel, being filled with the Spirit of the Lord proclaiming the good news.

6.You cannot preach peace and prosperity without an understanding that without repentance judgement is more than likely, it is inevitable, Mic 3:11. Pray that we love Australians enough to share the whole counsel of God with them.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

For Cell groups

"A life of ease and ignorance" – reading Amos 6:1-6..

1.What is your idea of perfect relaxation? Does it involve your faith? How?

2.There is so much judgement in Amos – indeed in all the minor prophets. How do you deal with the constant exposure of bad news. E.g on facebook and the news with the fires and other world events. What is your response to constant images of sadness and loss in the light of your faith and hope in Christ?

3.Jesus says to enter into His rest. This involves all of life, the easy and the tough stuff. How is Christ "rest" for you?

4.Pray our community especially as we lead up to Carols and the Christmas Day services. May many enter into the rest of Christ during this season. Invite everyone along!

Prayer Points

1.Pray regarding fire danger again this week. Qld and NSW set to have high temps today and remainder of this week.

2.4 people have lost their lives. Over 350 homes lost.

3.Pray for continued follow up rain

4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.

5.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.

6.More Sunday school, RI and Recharge Leaders next year.

7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

8.Sunday's messages. "The point of it all" Micah 6. in the morning and "Everyone's mean to me" – Sunday night.

9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

10.Church finances to meet our expenses.

11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Unanimous decisions on new leadership structure and 2 elders – Graham Willey and Doug Horne at AGM on Sunday.

2.Stanthorpe drought relief target $1500 has been achieved.

3.More new folk at CBC on Sunday.

4.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and team.

5.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

Announcements

1.Willey group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.

3.Recharge Youth – Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.

4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.

5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.

6.Final Men's breakfast – Saturday 30th November after the morning service. $20 7AM-9am 5 ways espresso café, 600 Sherwood Road. Payment due next Sunday.

7.Creation Ministries – Sunday 1st December. Dr Ron Neller "From Evolutionist to Creationist!" Invite a friend 6pm.

8.Carols service 22nd December – 6pm. Invite family and friends.

This month's catechism question...

Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

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