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Amos: There is no one like our God!
Micah
There is no one like our God!

Today we are going to take a quick look at the Book of Micah

-As Micah 1:1 tells us, he served during the reign of 3 kings -Jotham (who did right in the eyes of God) Ahaz (who was incredibly evil) and Hezekiah (who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord for the first part of his life). Last 8th c B.C.
-Micah and Isaiah lived and ministered at the same time. As such they overlap in terms of content (i.e Micah 7:2 and Isaiah 57:1-2, Micah 4:1-5 and Isaiah 2:1-5, Micah 6:7-8 and Isaiah 1). The net effect is that Micah serves as confirmation of Isaiah's message and vice versa.
-The Book of Micah begins as a prophecy of judgment against both Israel and Judah.
-While Micah begins as a prophecy of judgment against Israel and Judah, it is perfectly balanced by a message of forgiveness and restoration for Israel and a future for her that is yet to be realized in Christ
-Structurally Micah consists of 3 messages each beginning with the call to "Hear" or Listen. (1:2, 3:1, 6:1)
-Micah's message was not without POSITIVE results-- for his words resulted in the repentance of King Hezekiah and a mini revival in the land (Jeremiah 26:18-19)
-Micah is a dense book in the sense that it's scope is wide (covering his present day, the near future to him, the future that is yet to come, the birth of Christ, the coming reign of Christ, the future God has in mind for Israel-- a future that is spoken of over and again by the prophets, but also a future that we find hard to grasp since presently there are so few Jews who are following Christ.
-To understand parts of Micah, a good knowledge of Israelite history (found in Kings and Chronicles) is required. This reinforces the importance of our reading of the entire word of God on a regular basis. KEEP READING THE WORD OF GOD!


MICAH CONTAINS SOME VERY FAMOUS AND FASCINATING PASSAGES

1. Micah 3:12 - this text is fascinating because it helped to spare Jeremiah's life

"Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become of heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets."

In context Micah is speaking of how Jerusalem was going to be destroyed because of the peoples corruption (prophets, priests, and kings), violence, prostitution, idol worship, etc.

However, this passage is semi famous because it's quoted in Jeremiah 26:18-19 and used to save the prophet Jeremiah's life.

In Jeremiah 26 Jeremiah proclaims that Jerusalem is going to be destroyed by the Babylonians. The people are ticked and their is a call by the priests and the prophets to have Jeremiah put to death. In defense of Jeremiah, some of the elders, mindful of the words of Micah, quote Micah-- reminding the people that when Hezekiah heard Micah's words that he didn't kill Micah, rather he repented.

2. Micah 4:1-5-- Being fascinating for its similarity to Isaiah 2:1-5 and its presentation of the PEACE that will result when Christ returns to reign on earth

Read Micah 4:1-5 and note that an almost exact parallel is found in Isaiah 2:1-5

The reign of Christ in an exalted and restored Jerusalem is spoken of often in the Scriptures (Psalm 2, the prophets, a variety of NT texts)

The prophecy is yet to be fulfilled

JESUS IS THE PRINCE OF PEACE who will usher in an age of peace on earth when he comes

3. Micah 6:8 Probably the second most famous text in Micah

"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Such was said against the backdrop of

a. People complaining about God's requirements and saying that serving God was to hard of a burden-- which God challenges as being a false argument
b. People suggesting that God would be pleased if they brought him lots of animals for sacrifice

The point: Instead of animals on an altar, God wanted those who were leaders to run courts that were just, to take care of the poor and the needy, to be merciful and not harsh, and to follow him from their hearts with a spirit of humility and submission.

A corresponding text is found in Hosea 6:6, wherein God says "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings" (Jesus references this in Matthew 9:13.)

Today: God cares about you I and following him from our hearts. He doesn't want us to play church and to try to look good on the days that we gather. He wants us to follow Christ from our hearts, speaking the words of Jesus, helping others, standing up for what's right and just, and giving Him the reverence that He is due as our Creator.

Another thing: This text is not telling us what is required to be saved (one is saved by faith in Christ alone), rather it's telling us what is required from us as his followers

4. Micah 7:5-7 being fascinating than famous because of it's connection to Jesus' commissioning of the disciples in Matthew 10:1-23 and his telling them of the cost of discipleship

"Do not trust a neighbour; put no confidence in a friend. Even with her who lies in your embrace be careful of your words. For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter in law against her mother in law-- a man's enemies are the members of his own household. But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." Micah 7:5-7

Now note what Jesus says in Matthew 10:21-22 - in speaking to his disciples of the opposition they will experience because of their commitment to Christ; "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved."

5. Micah 5:2 The most famous of all the texts in Micah-- for here Micah prophesies the location of the birth of Christ

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

Matthew 2:1-6 records for us why we know this passage definitely refers to Jesus saying; "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.

POINT: FULFILLED prophecy is a great reason to trust your Bible and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord.

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE MEANING OF MICAH'S NAME

Micah's name means "Who is the like the Lord".

The point of his name is this: There is no one like God!

There is none so good, so gracious, so perfect, so loving, so tender, so compassionate

In the last few verses of the Book of Micah there is a play on Micah's name and its meaning.

Note what Micah 7:18-20 says; "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. You will be true to Jacob, and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago."

This passage ought to remind us of a point that we explored last week in the Book of Jonah.

The point was this "God delights in saving people". This point was based on this verse "I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity." Jonah 4:3

Micah's talk of God forgiving Israel's sins - and ultimately ours in Christ-corresponds to Isaiah 1:18 which says "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool"

This grace of God is available today. You can receive it in Christ. In Jesus you can experience the forgiveness and cleansing that Micah speaks of ---- and His point is this: There is no one like the Lord-- In God alone is forgiveness of sins. You can't get that anywhere else. Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved. Put your faith him. Ask him to forgive you of your sins. Commit to being his follower.


THERE IS NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD!

CONCLUSION

Play Song: Our God is Greater! By Chris Tomlin.