Micah-Living Right When Everybody Else is Wrong

Memory Verse: Micah 6: 8--"He has told you, O Man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God."

Time of Micah: 735 to 710 B. C. Some of the things he mentions and notably some of the things he leaves out would indicate that the fall of Israel in 722 B. C. had not yet happened.

Natural divisions of the book: the book divides itself fairly naturally into thirds, with chapters 1 through 3 having to do with the Prediction of Judgment, 4 and 5 having to do with the Prediction of Restoration, and chapters 6 and 7 having to do with the Plea for Repentance.

I. The prediction of judgment (1-3)

A. Prophecy against both Israel and Judah. Both must fall.

B. Chapter 2--the listing of the sins of the common people.

C. Chapter 3--the listing of the sins of the rulers and prophets

II. The prediction of restoration(4-5)

A. "Remnant theology."

B. Note the reversal in 5: 3 of what had been written in Joel 3: 10. This is one more reminder of who the ultimate author of the Bible is (II Peter 1: 20, 21). The Bible was not written by disconnected men.

III. The plea for repentance. (6-7)

A. The repentance would be addressed to the remnant who would be a faithful people living in a land not their own. In a sense, their situation would be much like ours today. (II Corinthians 6: 17-7:1)

B. Micah 6: 8. There are some things that are always right. See Matthew 5: 1-12.

C. Compare Micah 7: 6 to Matthew 10: 21, 35, 36. "A man's enemies will be those of his own household."

The final question: Is there someone very close to you who is keeping you from going to heaven?

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