Summary: In this life, I believe, there are 4 types of people. a) There is the macho man type of person. They walk around as if the whole world belongs to them. They will manipulate people just to get their own will. They do not care about other people’s feelin
Micah 2:7 – 13
BBE: The opener of the way will go up before them: forcing their way out they will go on to the doorway and out through it: their king will go on before them, and the Lord at their head.
Darby: One that breaketh through is gone up before them: they have broken forth, and have passed on to the gate, and are gone out by it; and their king passeth on before them, and Jehovah at the head of them.
ESV: 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.
In this life, I believe, there are 4 types of people.
a) There is the macho man type of person. In Afrikaans we call them a “breker”. They walk around as if the whole world belongs to them. They will manipulate people just to get their own will. They do not care about other people’s feelings. They are always the cleverest, the smartest and always knows and have the best.
You get them in the church also. They are the know-it-all spirituals. They always know the best. They always can do anything better and will always make sure that everybody hears about it. They will make any statement they want to because they and they alone are in contact with God. They can not work with any Pastor because they are always more anointed. They are always right irregardless of how many people they hurt in the process.
b) Then there are those people that always want to break down any good work. They will always find fault with everything irregardless of the wonderful work the Lord is doing in a congregation. They can not see just the good; there will always with everything be something wrong and they will be very quick to make it known. Unfortunately they are those people who can only find fault but will themselves never do anything in the church.
c) Then there are those people that always want to break everything up. It is as if it is their task in life to break up relationships by gossiping. They always have some gossip story to tell about someone. They never seem to realise that all they do is breaking up relationships.
d) Then of course there are those very few people that can break through. And it is about this person that I want to speak.
When we talk about someone that can break through, we refer to a person that in spite of resistance and in spite of circumstances and in spite of very difficult situations still can break through into victory; still can break through into that which God has in store for them, into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God.
In our text the prophet is talking about difficult situations. A lot of bad things have happened to God’s people. They experienced hard times. They were at a place, it seems, where they have even lost their faith. They were blaming God for everything.
Vers 7 – 9
AMP: O house of Jacob, shall it be said, Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted, impatient, and shortened? Or are these [prophesied plagues] His doings? Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly? But lately (yesterday) My people have stood up as an enemy [and have made Me their antagonist]. Off from the garment you strip the cloak of those who pass by in secure confidence of safety and are averse to war. The women of My people you cast out from their pleasant houses; from their young children you take away My glory forever.
Many times we find ourselves in the same situations. We start to blame God for everything that has gone wrong. We blame Him for the walls that divide us. But listen to His Word: this is not His doings. His Words do only good. But we have become an enemy of God because we have stood up against Him.
But listen to vers 10.
AMP: Arise and depart, for this is not the rest [which was promised to the righteous in Canaan], because of uncleanness that works destruction, even a sharp and grievous destruction.
God says that this is not where He wants us to be. It is not His will nor His plan for us. It is time to arise and depart because there is a place of restoration ready for us.
With total certainty I want to declare that the time of restoration of the sons and daughters of God is here.
GNB: The LORD says, "A day is coming when I will restore the kingdom of David, which is like a house fallen into ruins. I will repair its walls and restore it. I will rebuild it and make it as it was long ago.