Sometimes we need to reflect on what God has done in our past. This brings Him glory. As such we should do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. Micah reminds the Israelites to do the same in our reading today.
Micah 6: The Indictment of the LORD
1 Hear what the LORD says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the LORD has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel.
3 "O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD."
What Does the LORD Require?
6 "With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Destruction of the Wicked
9 The voice of the LORD cries to the city--- and it is sound wisdom to fear your name: "Hear of the rod and of him who appointed it!
10 Can I forget any longer the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights?
12 Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins.
14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied, and there shall be hunger within you; you shall put away, but not preserve, and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
15 You shall sow, but not reap; you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
16 For you have kept the statutes of Omri, and all the works of the house of Ahab; and you have walked in their counsels, that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing; so you shall bear the scorn of my people."
Micah 7: Wait for the God of Salvation
1 Woe is me! For I have become as when the summer fruit has been gathered, as when the grapes have been gleaned: there is no cluster to eat, no first-ripe fig that my soul desires.
2 The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind; they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net.
3 Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together.
4 The best of them is like a brier, the most upright of them a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come; now their confusion is at hand.
5 Put no trust in a neighbour; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms;
6 for the son treats the father with contempt, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.
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 upon her; now she will be trampled down like the mire of the streets.
11 A day for the building of your walls! In that day the boundary shall be far extended.
12 In that day they will come to you, from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, and from Egypt to the River, from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
13 But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds.
14 Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.
15 As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvellous things.
16 The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf;
17 they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth; they shall come trembling out of their strongholds; they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God, and they shall be in fear of you.
God's Steadfast Love and Compassion
18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
Things to think about…
1.What has the Lord delivered you from in the past? For Israel it was from the Egyptians through the Red Sea and from the Moabites and the counsel of Balaam the son of Beor, Mic 6:1-5. Yet they had forgotten the Lord's faithfulness. God has saved us, we are inheritors of heaven through Christ. Does it get any better than that? You know it doesn't, therefore rejoice!
2.Let's never miss the point of our identity in Christ. God is less interested in sacrifices, offerings, oil or even our first-born. He wants us to reflect His character through justice, mercy and humility, Mic 6:8. Are these evident in our lives in ever increasing proportions? The interesting thing in all this is that the Lord gave His first-born and only Son Jesus to pay for our sin by His sacrifice on the cross. The only response is now "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God", Mic 6:8.
3.Look at Mic 6:9-16. These cultural sins that Amos spoke against are still an issue in Micah's ministry to Israel. They oppress the poor, they steal from one another, they are corrupt and use dishonest measures of trade. They have followed the wicked examples of their kings Omri and Ahab. What are the wicked cultural influences that have been passed down to us in Australia from our spiritual and political leaders? We have a cultural religious Christianity by praying the Lord's prayer before parliament, but how many take it to heart through faith?
4.Micah asks where are the godly in the land? Like a farmer expecting grapes or figs in their season and finding none, Micah does not find the godly, Mic 7:1-6. The Lord Jesus quotes Mic 7:6 where the enemies of the Lord are those in his own house, Mt 10:36. Some honour Christ and others don't and it can divide families. Salvation only comes from the Lord, vs 7, therefore Micah will wait upon Him. Assyria is coming, vs 12, what should they do? God provides a way out through the Son that He offered up - Jesus. Israel today by and large still rejects Yeshua, their Saviour.
5.Look at the promises that will come upon Israel. Mic 7:18-20. The promises to Abraham are only fulfilled in Christ. Abraham offered up his son Isaac as a type of Christ. This is how He will "cast all our sins into the depths of the sea", Mic 7:19.
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 asks everyone 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!
1.Pray regarding fire danger again this week. Qld, SA and NSW set to have high temps today and remainder of this week. Pray especially for SA today. Extreme fire danger for this state.
2.4 people have lost their lives. Over 350 homes lost.
3.Pray for continued follow up rain across Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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