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
"STUDIES IN THE MINOR PROPHETS"
Micah - Judgment Now, Blessings Later (6:1-7:20)
1. This is the third of three lessons in our survey of the book of
a. Micah was a prophet of God, a contemporary of Isaiah (ca. 735-700
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:
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