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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.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you a squatter?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

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.

IV. TEXT:

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.

V. THESIS:

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.

VI. TITLE:

Plans of the LORD against squatters

VII. EXPLICATION:

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


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