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Micah 6

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Micah’s Third Message of Judgment and Deliverance

Micah 6

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Lesson Number 6

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord’s requirements are consistent with His character.
  2. The Lord’s judgments are consistent with His character.

Practical Application

  1. It’s never wrong to wonder why you are sick.

Questions

  1. List the chapters in Micah that are associated with his messages: Message #1 – Chapters ____ Message #2 – Chapters ____ Message #3 – Chapters ____
  2. Each message consists of two parts. Name these two parts.
  3. In the judgment part of Chapter 6, there are two indictments or lawsuits of the Lord against Israel because of sin. In Micah 6:1-2, who does the Lord call on to be a jury and listen to both sides of the dispute?
  4. What was Israel’s response to the Lord’s first indictment?
  5. What is the Lord not looking for as people come to worship?
  6. What is the Lord looking for as stated in Micah 6:8?

Answers

  1. Message #1 – Chapters 1-2 Message #2 – Chapters 3-5 Message #3 – Chapters 6-7
  2. A judgment part and a deliverance part.
  3. The mountains.
  4. The people were penitent, a good response.
  5. The Lord is not looking for thousands of animal sacrifices, nor does he want human sacrifices.
  6. ”What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Discuss/Consider

  1. The response of the godly remnant in the future when Israel returns to the Lord will be one of penitence. Read Micah 6:8. This is what the Lord is looking for in His people, both then and today. Use this as a check list concerning your character. Does your character reflect God’s character?
  2. Read Micah 6:9-16. This is the second indictment of the Lord against Israel. The Lord indicates that He will have to bring down the rod of discipline on Israel because of her sins. The businessmen were dishonest and cheating the people. God will judge such people, both then and today, because true to His character, He must judge sin. Is there any way in which you have been dishonest with others? If so, confess your sin to God and make it right with anyone you’ve cheated.

Challenge

  1. God can use sickness as a form of discipline. See Micah 6:16 and 1 Corinthians 11:30. As a believer, it is never wrong to wonder why you are sick. However, don’t jump to the conclusion that every time you are sick you are under God’s discipline. There are many reasons for sickness, but it is never wrong to examine your life to make sure that your practice matches your profession. See Psalm 139:23-24.

Key Verses

  • “Hear, O you mountains, the Lord’s complaint…He will contend with Israel.” Micah 6:2
  • “O My people…how have I wearied you? O My people, remember…that you may know the righteousness of the Lord.” Micah 6:3-5
  • “What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
  • “Hear the rod! Who has appointed it?” Micah 6:9
  • “You shall eat, but not be satisfied…you shall sow, but not reap…” Micah 6:14-15

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