MICAH | Legal Charge

MICAH 6:1-8 | Legal Charge | March 1, 2020

This week’s sermon from Micah chapter 6 reviews the first eight verses where Micah delivers God’s legal indictment against Israel. In the book of Micah we have seen the following:

    1. Micah denounces Israel for turning from covenant faithfulness to disobedience, resulting in corruption within every aspect of society.
      • Corrupt worship: idolatry.
      • Corrupt leadership: under-shepherds growing fat on the flock. Every office: Prophet, Priest, & King have all succumb to corruption (3:11).
      • Corrupt relationship: Societal breakdown: poor exploited, neighbor no longer cared for neighbor, the people were consumed with the desire for personal prosperity.
      • Their attention & affections had turned away from the Lord and turned inward; they were completely self-centered.
    2. LAST WEEK:
      • BridgeCity (Mill Creek WA Church) elder, Jake McWhirter, preached through chapter 5
      • Micah looks forward to the King God would provide, the true and better leader who will come from Bethlehem, of the line of David. This true and better King will “stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD… He shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.” 5:4-5
    3. TODAY:
      • Micah continues in a similar vein to Chapter 1, Micah declares again the indictment of the LORD against his people for their covenant unfaithfulness.
      • Again Micah uses lawsuit imagery to set up a courtroom scene.
      • God’s charge is not only one of condemnation but is a call to repent and return to the LORD.
      • Return to COVENANT FAITHFULNESS. Return to obedience motivated by a deep devotion to and love for the LORD their God.
      • Micah pleads for the people to REMEMBER God covenant faithfulness, REMEMBER God’s salvation. And Respond rightly

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