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Summary: This is the third of three lessons in our survey of the book of Micah... a. Micah was a prophet of God, a contemporary of Isaiah (ca. 735-700 B.C.) b. His prophecies were directed to both Israel and Judah, though mostly to the

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"STUDIES IN THE MINOR PROPHETS"

Micah - Judgment Now, Blessings Later (6:1-7:20)

INTRODUCTION

1. This is the third of three lessons in our survey of the book of

Micah...

a. Micah was a prophet of God, a contemporary of Isaiah (ca. 735-700

B.C.)

b. His prophecies were directed to both Israel and Judah, though

mostly to the latter

c. His general theme: "Present Judgment, Future Blessings"

2. In his first message...

a. He proclaimed "The Coming Judgment And Promised Restoration"

b. In which he described:

1) The judgment pronounced upon Israel and Judah - Mic 1:2-16

2) The reasons for the coming judgment - Mic 2:1-11

3) The promise of the restoration of a remnant - Mic 2:12-13

3. In his second message...

a. He proclaimed "God’s Condemnation of Israel, And The Future Hope"

b. In which he described:

1) God’s condemnation of Israel’s civil and religious leaders

- Mic 3:1-12

2) The future exaltation of Zion and Messianic hope - Mic 4:1-5:15

4. In his third and final message, Micah’s message is "God’s Indictment

of Israel, With A Promise Of Forgiveness And Restoration" - Mic 6:1-7:20

[Similar to what we saw in Hosea, the prophet Micah presents the Lord’s

complaint as though He were taking Israel to court...]

I. THE LORD’S CONTROVERSY WITH ISRAEL

A. GOD’S COMPLAINT...

1. The people called to present their case against God, as He has

a complaint against them - Mic 6:1-2

2. How has the Lord wearied them? Testify against Him! - Mic 6:3

3. Did He not redeem them from Egyptian bondage with the aid of

His servants Moses, Aaron, and Miriam? - Mic 6:4

4. Remember how He even had Balaam counter the counsel of Balak

- Mic 6:5

B. WHAT THE LORD REQUIRED OF THEM...

1. What must they offer for their sins? - Mic 6:6-7

2. What God wanted was for them to do justly, love mercy, and

walk humbly before Him - Mic 6:8

C. THE PUNISHMENT FOR ISRAEL’S INJUSTICE...

1. Justified, for they were full of dishonesty and violence - Mic 6:9-12

2. Judgment is coming in the form of desolation, for they hold on

to the idolatry of Omri and works of Ahab - Mic 6:13-16

[Once again, for the third time, Micah has foretold of the judgment to

come. As before, he does not close without offering a hope for

blessings in the future...]

II. A LAMENT FOLLOWED BY A PROMISE OF RESTORATION

A. PERHAPS SPEAKING FOR THE FAITHFUL REMNANT, MICAH LAMENTS...

1. His sorrow because the faithful man had perished - Mic 7:1-4

2. Things are so bad, only the Lord can be trusted - Mic 7:5-7

B. A CONFESSION OF SIN, WITH COMFORT IN WHAT THE LORD WILL BRING...

1. His enemy is not to rejoice over him - Mic 7:8-10a

a. For though he may fall, he will arise; the Lord will be a

light to him

b. He is willing to bear the indignation of the Lord, for he

has sinned; he knows also that the Lord will eventually

plead his case and execute justice for him

2. He takes comfort in the future restoration of Zion - Mic 7:

10b-13

a. Though first to be trampled down like mire in the streets

b. When restored, all will come to her (a messianic reference

akin to Mic 4:1-2?)

c. But first there will be desolation (cf. the destruction of


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