Thursday, August 2, 2012

Micah Bible Study Notes Chapter 2

Micah 2

-Woe is pronounced on those who scheme iniquity and plot evil and carry it out (Micah 2:1). These have power and influence and use it for sinful purposes in greed. They seize fields and property they covet (Exodus 20:17, Deuteronomy 5:21, Romans 13:9). Therefore, the LORD is planning calamity so that they will not walk in their pride and haughtiness in this evil time (Micah 2:3). His destruction will be complete leaving behind bitter lamentation and they will find the tables turned on them as the assembly of the LORD will not be there to help them with their share of land (Micah 2:4-5). This is an indication that they will be barren with no surviving relatives to leave their inheritance. *Application* The Bible is very clear that God is against the proud, but gives grace to the humble (Psalm 51:17, Isaiah 57:15; 66:2, Jeremiah 44:10-11, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5-6 just to name a few). To lift ourselves up against the LORD and His clear commandments is offensive to the Almighty King of the Universe and will inevitably bring His wrath. We must remember who we are before Him. He created us and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3). He is in charge and that is a good thing. We in Scripture have the charge of following Him as He leads (Micah 2:13, Matthew 16:24; 19:21, Mark 8:34; 10:21, Luke 9:23; 18:22, John 21:22). Do this and you will have joy and blessing. Humble yourselves before God and then He will exalt you (James 4:10)!

-The prophet extols the patience of the Spirit of the LORD (Micah 2:7). His “words do good to the one walking uprightly (Micah 2:7b).” *Application* God’s plans for us are to prosper us for a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He is patient with us and pleads with us to go His way and do the right things. Today, do not turn your back on doing what you know God wants you to do. Make Him smile and say, “Job well done child!”

-Micah lists accusations that have combined together to make God’s people His enemy because of their evil deeds in verses 8 through 11. In that list extortion, robbery, mistreatment of war veterans, mistreatment of women, uncleanness, and walking after false prophets and lies are mentioned.

-The chapter concludes however with a gentle promise and hope through a coming Messiah King. In that time Jacob and Israel will be put back together as a remnant, and they will be noisy with men (Micah 2:12). They will know the LORD and He will lead them (Micah 2:13). *Application* I believe we are seeing the reality of this prophecy today. There was a partial fulfillment of this at the first coming of Jesus Christ, but it will become even more realized at His second coming. Right now as we speak, the mountains of Israel are being repopulated and becoming more and more noisy with the sound of people. This will bring tribulation for a while, but the Messiah Prince, the root of David, will eventually return and gather His people together for the millennial Kingdom (Revelation 5:5; 20:1-7; 22:16). We are seeing prophesy being fulfilled in our time! Any tour of the Holy Land will convince you that what I am saying is true. There is rebirth going on there and it is a beautiful thing to witness! The preparation for His coming is underway!

Verse to Memorize: Micah 2:7

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