Summary: To know that owning properties and benefiting from them but but you have not paid for it will yield greater and heavier punishment for you.
Are you a squatter?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To know that owning properties and benefiting from them but but you have not paid for it will yield greater and heavier punishment for you.
Micah 2:2-3 (Amplified Bible)
2:2 They covet fields and seize them, and houses and take them away; they oppress and crush a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.
2:3 Therefore thus says the Lord: Behold, against this family I am planning a disaster from which you cannot remove your necks, nor will you be able to walk erect; for it will be an evil time.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS, for You are my Only Delight and Desire, You have already blessed me with everything I need even before I ask.
Plans of the LORD against squatters
A. Author: Micah, a native of Moresheth in Judah
B. Date written: Sometime between 739 and 686 B.C.
C. Purpose: To warn GOD's people of coming judgement for sin and to offer hope from GOD's mercies.
D. To whom written: North Kingdom (Israel) and South Kingdom (Judah)
E. Main Themes: Sin is exposed. GOD's justice is required. Mercy is offered to those of humble and repentant hearts.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Different types of squatters
"They covet fields and seize them, and houses and take them away; they oppress and crush a man and his house, a man and his inheritance."
1. They covet and seize fields
2. They take houses
3. They oppress, crush a man and his house
4. They oppress, crush a man and his inheritance
The squatters have violated and disobeyed the tenth commandment of GOD.
Exodus 20:17 (Amplified Bible)
20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.
Luke 12:15 (Amplified Bible)
12:15 And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs.
Colossians 3:5 (Amplified Bible)
3:5 So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).
Matthew 22:37-40 (Amplified Bible)
22:37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
22:38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
22:39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself.
22:40 These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Covet or "chamad" in Hebrew meaning:
1. to delight in
2. greatly beloved
3. delectable thing