As a companion with the books of Hosea and Amos we go through the book of Micah this week. As you would expect, when God speaks to His prophets their voices are united in their message to His people. Just as the four gospels present Christ from different angles so too are the messages these prophets bring to Judah and Israel.
1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
The Coming Destruction
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
3 For behold, the LORD is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country, a place for planting vineyards, and I will pour down her stones into the valley and uncover her foundations.
7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces, all her wages shall be burned with fire, and all her idols I will lay waste, for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them, and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
8 For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.
9 For her wound is incurable, and it has come to Judah; it has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.
10 Tell it not in Gath; weep not at all; in Beth-le-aphrah roll yourselves in the dust.
11 Pass on your way, inhabitants of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame; the inhabitants of Zaanan do not come out; the lamentation of Beth-ezel shall take away from you its standing place.
12 For the inhabitants of Maroth wait anxiously for good, because disaster has come down from the LORD to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the steeds to the chariots, inhabitants of Lachish; it was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion, for in you were found the transgressions of Israel.
14 Therefore you shall give parting gifts to Moresheth-gath; the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel.
15 I will again bring a conqueror to you, inhabitants of Mareshah; the glory of Israel shall come to Adullam.
16 Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair, for the children of your delight; make yourselves as bald as the eagle, for they shall go from you into exile.
Things to think about…
1.Micah was prophesying in days where there was some truth and some error from the kings. We know Hezekiah loved the Lord, Mic 1:1. Judgment was coming upon Samaria (722BC) and Judah. These 3 Judean kings reigned period of fifty-five years (742–687BC. So Micah was preaching around the same time as Hosea and Amos – a little bit later, but not by much.
2.The capitals of the cities were the places of culture and the epitome of what the people believed and practised. For Israel (Jacob) it was Samaria and for Judah it was Jerusalem. Both these cities reflected the attitudes of the people. What were they doing wrong? Look at verse 7. Worshipping carved images of idols. These cities had turned themselves towards spiritual prostitution. Pray that Australia will also turn away from her idols of unbelief and cultural sin which we have spoken and written about many times.
3.It's interesting that Micah says the wound is incurable and reaches the gate of Jerusalem, Mic 1:9. That's exactly what happened, but Hezekiah prayed and 185, 000 Assyrians died outside the gates of Jerusalem. But unfortunately this was not to be the case for the other Judean cities like Lachish, vs 13 which was overthrown by the Assyrian army. When Christians become unfaithful certain blessings in their lives are taken away. The first to go is the power of our witness. Our words are not effective, when we do not trust in the Word of the Lord.
4.The twelve cities mentioned in Mic 1:10-15 all have meanings that Micah mocks with word plays. For example Shaphir means beautiful, yet they would be naked and shamed, Maroth means bitterness, but they were waiting for good, which didn't happen. All these cities were in the path of the Assyrians who were marching on their way through to Jerusalem in 701BC. The tragic conclusion, with the exception of Jerusalem, is that they would go into exile, vs 16. Humility and repentance is the only answer. Hezekiah made the right choice and saved his city. May the Lord keep us in a place of humility under His grace.
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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!
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.
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