Minor Prophets – Micah
Minor Prophets – Micah
- Prophet from the Southern Kingdom of Judah
- Lived in a small village on the west coast called Moresheth
- Only 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem.
Micah prophesied during three kings of Judah:
- Jotham – Good King
- Ahaz – Bad King
- Hezekiah – Good King
So what did Micah address?
- Northern Kingdom being very prosperous
- The wealthy treated the poor and needy without sympathy or compassion
- Took advantage of the poor
“They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance.”
Note: God is not putting down the people with money. He is upset at how the people with money continue to exploit the poor.
The Message of Micah can be divided into 3 parts:
- Starts off as a message of fear 1:1-3:12
- Moves to a message of hope 4:1-5:15
- Court room scene 6:1-7:20
WHY WOULD GOD KILL OFF A MAJORITY OF HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL?
Let’s look at Micah 1:9…
“For Samaria’s plague is incurable;
it has spread to Judah.
It has reached the very gate of my people,
even to Jerusalem itself.”
Did you see what God said?
- Israel’s disease is incurable
But here is the key for Israel:
- Their sin was spreading to others
2 Kings 18:1-8
“In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.
4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)
5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
6 He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. 7 And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. 8 From watchtower to fortified city, he defeated the Philistines, as far as Gaza and its territory.”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
- There is a difference between gifts and fruit
- A gift is uniquely meant for an individual to use to build up others
- Fruit: God means for all believers to bear fruit!
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3