Talks for Growing Christians
One Reason for God’s Judgment of Judah: Social Injustice
Lesson Number 2
- God will judge the sins of social injustice.
- God will restore the remnant of Israel.
- Let’s all do what we can to strengthen the family unit.
- Which other prophet was a contemporary of Micah?
- Quote the well-known prophecy of the future as prophesied by both prophets.
- Both prophets ministered in the same kingdom. Which kingdom was it?
- Within this kingdom, where was each ministry concentrated?
- Why is Micah sometimes referred to as the Amos of the south?
- Refer to Micah 2:12-13. How is the Messiah seen here in a three-fold fullness for Israel?
- The prophet Isaiah.
- ”They shall beat their swords into plowshare and their spears into pruning hooks.” Micah 4:3 and Isaiah 2:4.
- The Southern Kingdom of Judah.
- Isaiah’s ministry was concentrated or centered more in the capital of Jerusalem.
Micah’s ministry was concentrated more in the country.
- Because he spoke out against the social injustice, the social sins in the Southern Kingdom of Judah as Amos had preached out against the social injustice and the social sins of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
- The Messiah is seen here in a three-fold fullness for Israel:
as their Shepherd who will lead them and remove the obstacles before them
as their King
as their Lord God
- One of the big reasons why God would have to judge His people was social injustice. In Micah 2:1-2, we see that the people were so materialistic that they would lie awake at night and plot how to gain more for themselves, even if it involved using force and oppressing the poor people. Question: Do you ever lie awake at night and plot how to take advantage of someone, or oppress someone, or get someone back for what they said or did against you? This is sin, and God will judge us for that sin.
- Even though Israel had turned away from the Lord and committed gross sin, yet God in His grace will restore a godly remnant in the future. What a great day that will be! Do you rejoice for Israel in the knowledge that they will return to the land and to the Lord?
- Refer to Micah 2:9. The broken homes and disrupted families took away from the glory of God. The same is true today. The family unit is to reflect the glory of God’s family, where there is love, fellowship, authority, respect and honor. Our families should model God’s family. This is so important because the family unit is the foundation of the nation. Think of ways in which you can strengthen your family unit.
- “Woe to those who devise iniquity, and work out evil on their beds! At morning light they practice it…they covet…take by violence…oppress people.” Micah 2:1-2
- “Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted?” Micah 2:7
- “I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel…” Micah 2:12