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Micah - The Condemnation And Future Hope!

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Sermon shared by George Dillahunty

March 2009
Summary: Micah - the Prophet of Almighty God - condemns Israelís civil and religious leaders; then, reveals the future exaltation of Zion and the Messianic Hope!
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Rev. George R. Dillahunty
Freedom Fellowship (COG)
685 Grant Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-3047

March 16, 2009

Text: Micah 3:1-8 (King James Version)

"And I said, íHear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know Judgment? (v. 2) Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones. (v. 3) Who also eat the flesh of My people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. (v. 4) Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but He will not hear them: He will even hide His face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.í (v. 5) Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make My people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against Him. (v. 6) Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. (v. 7) Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God. (v. 8) But truly I am full of Power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of Judgment, and of Might. to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin."

Topic: Micah - The Condemnation And Future Hope!

Micah - the Prophet of Almighty God - condemns Israelís civil and religious leaders; then, reveals the future exaltation of Zion and the Messianic Hope! This second message of Micah follows a similar theme as his previous message - it reveals Almighty Godís condemnation of Israel and gives a glimpse of the future Hope! Micah has much more to say about the Messiah in this message!

In Micah 3:1 through Micah 5:15, we find Almighty Godís condemnation of Israelís leaders! In verses 1-3 of Chapter 3 of the Book of Micah, we find the indictment of Israelís civil leaders - they hate good and love evil - they consume the people; that is to say, they oppress them! The unjust leaders showed about as much consideration for the people as butchers do for carcasses! In verse 4, we see the Judgment that is to come upon them - they will cry to the Lord; but, He will not hear them - He will hide His face from them!

In verses 5-7 of Chapter 3 of the Book of Micah, we find the indictment of Israelís religious leaders - they are false prophets - they lead Godís people astray! When the false prophets had plenty to eat, they predicted Peace! Because of their actions, they will have no vision - they shall be made ashamed. In Proverbs 29:18 (KJV), we are told: "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the Law, happy is he." In verse 8, we see the contrast between Micahís own ministry and that of the false prophets: Micah will be full of the Power of the Holy Spirit and of Justice and of Might! He will declare the transgression and sin of Israel!

In verses 9-11, we find Micah - once again - addressing the rulers of Israel and categorizing their sin - they abhor justice and pervert equity (or, fairness) - they build up Jerusalem with bloodshed and iniquity - whether they are judges, priests, or prophets, they do it only for
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