Summary: Leaders of Israel hated good people and their good deeds (Micah 3:2). Prophets loved wicked men (Micah 3:5). Judges took the money and delivered the wrong decisions (Micah 3:11).
Text: Micah 2:12-13
Theme: Unknown ways and unfamiliar Paths
Introduction: Happy New Year 2021!
I greet you all in the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
God spoke to Prophet Isaiah that he is going to lead his Son Israel. He told Isaiah that He would guide them, turn their darkness into light, make the rough places into smooth places, turn the mountains into level roads and highways will be raised (Isaiah 40:4-5).
The ways of men are like the blind leading the blind, both will fall into the ditch, and inescapable bottomless pit, even the Prophets and priests became blindfolded (Isaiah 42:16).
Thoppur the Ghat Road between Dharmapuri and Salem (India) was known for severe accidents. On December 12, 2020, a truck loaded with cement bags ramped onto 15 cars piled up on the road for traffic clearance. Four were crushed into death, and four succumbed to injuries. One of the reasons for many accidents is the improper laying road through the ghats or mountain ranges.
1. Obstacles on the way
The Context of Prophet Micah: During Judean Kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were evil and unpleasant days. Micah had visions about Jerusalem and Samaria (Micah 1:1). The sins of Jacob and Israel were known to all (Micah 1:5).
The Unethical practice was part of the lifestyles, and it was a plan wickedness, make evil plans were ways of the community (Micah 2:1-5).
Leaders of Israel hated good people and their good deeds they planned the wicked people and their evil works (Micah 3:2). Prophets ate in the wicked men's tents and greeted “Peace” to you (Micah 3:5). Judges took the money, and delivered the wrong decisions, and passed orders in favor of Criminals (Micah 3:11). Rich people did cruel things and told lies (Micah 6:12).
The best of the men were like a thorn bush, and most honest of them was a prickly plant. Everyone was cheating on their friends, spouses, Kith and Kin, and neighbors (Micah 7:2-6). Decisions are made with personal gains without understanding the pains of the poor, needy, weak, and orphans. Justice is denied and delivered late to the victims.
Are we not in the same situation today? We often murmur against all these things and burn within ourselves. Yarning with the long breath for the relief and release. God is aware of all your obstacles.
Story of a Boulder on the Way: There was a king who wanted to know the attitude of His citizens. He brought a big Boulder or Stone and kept on the road. He watched from a bush. Merchants came and went aside. Pandits came and went aside. The farmer came and put his bags on the roadside. He removed the rolled away from the big stone, thinking that let others enjoy the journey. While rolling the stone with perspiration and wiped his sweats and found on the bottom of that Stone there was a bag full of Gold Coins. There was an inscription: This bag belongs to the one who removes the obstacle” by Order, KING.
Those who overcome the Obstacles with the help of the Holy Spirit and by the word of God are going to be blessed with wonderful blessings this year. God would lead you through Unknown ways and unfamiliar Paths in 2021. Just trust and Obey.
2. Obstacles Remover
The Text of Micah 2:12-13 from the Amplified Bible: “The Breaker [the Messiah] will go up before them. They will break through, pass in through the gate and go out through it, and their King will pass on before them, the Lord at their head” (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition).
God is going to lead the homebound people! And all confined to many things, and lead them out into the open. They’ll follow their King. I will be out in front leading them (The Message).
Their leader breaks out first, then all break through the gate and escape. Their king will show the way, and the Eternal One will lead them (The Voice).
The remover of the Obstacles comes from Ephrata of Bethlehem(Micah 5:2). Life is full of struggles and obstacles but Messiah is with us to move on and remove all the confinements and homebound situations. We have a person to carry us beyond the rivers of struggles. He will remove all the obstacles.
Are you facing some obstacles in your life? The obstacle in getting the right Job, the right wage. Are you going through childlessness, is your promotion is blocked by someone who is against you?
The messiah goes before you and he has already rolled away from your obstacles this year. God is greater than you and your problems. He has appointed a person to be your defender, fighter, and guard. He will lead you. He is none other than JESUS CHRIST.