June 24 - Who is Like God? (Micah)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Nik Lingle will continue his class Talking Points this Sunday at 10:00am in the youth room. This class briefly addresses a variety of current issues in our society, applying a Christian worldview to each of these topics. This week we will discuss ...
Micah (1:1-7; 6:6-8; 7:18-20)
1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you;
pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and let the Lord God be a witness against you,
the Lord from his holy temple.
3 For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place,
and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains will melt under him,
and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
like waters poured down a steep place.
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country,
a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones into the valley
and uncover her foundations.
7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
all her wages shall be burned with fire,
and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
6:6 “With what shall I come before the Lord,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
7:18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us;
he will tread our iniquities underfoot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and steadfast love to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.
The message of Micah is not unlike the other prophets. God warns his people for violating the covenant or promise to be faithful. For years, God’s people, who promised to love and obey, had violated God’s law in various ways (Dt 28). Micah is sent by God to instruct and warn the people that God is just, and because he is just he will punish the sinner. Yet in the midst of this coming divine judgment there is a reason for hope. This is the beauty of all the prophets. After the warnings of judgment, there is hope for restoration and reconciliation. Yet this hope is not through changed governments, moral cultures, better education or health care but rooted in a gracious merciful and unique God.
Review and Apply
Contrast your view of sin to God's view.
Explain from your personal life the consequences of sin.
Why are the sins of leadership so dangerous?
Does God's judgment of Israel seem severe to you? Why or why not?
How does Jesus' work on the cross display both justice and mercy perfectly?
What makes God so incomparable?
How does 'God casting our sins to the depths of the sea' lead to deeper worship and greater affections?
What do you desire most from God? Why?