Our work this week will cover Micah 3 – 5.  These chapters record the second of his siren calls to Israel and Judah.  It begins like the first sermon … “hear” or “listen” … so let’s do just that!

Read Micah 3.  As you read, identify the primary “who” that Micah speaks to.  Also, notice the places where the word “justice” is used and what Micah says about it.  Then come back …

One reminder … as we stop with the chapter break at the end of Chapter 3, we are stopping in the middle of a sermon.  I don’t know of any preacher who would like that!  So just remember that we are pausing only … not finished with the message.

Micah begins by addressing leadership – heads, rulers, prophets, priests.  It could be easy for us to assume that the message does not apply to you and I … just to the powerful and the influence-brokers.  However, we must identify the spheres of influence that each of us have.  If you are a wife or husband, a mom or dad in a home … if you teach anywhere … if you are in any organization where you play a part … if you are a “boss” to anyone, you need to “listen”.  The message IS for us. 

Two things stand out to me in this chapter. 

First, I am touched by how important justice is to our God.  The lack of it in Israel and Judah is primary evidence against these countries – a primary reason for the anger of God.  The people are being stripped and crushed because of the lack of justice in the land.  To understand a little of what God means when He talks about “justice”, notice Deuteronomy 16: 18 – 20:

Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you,

Before we push the pause button on Micah’s sermon, I want to remind us of some words of Jesus.  Jesus has just pronounced scathing “woe” upon the cities where He was performing miracles … the woe was because of their unbelief.  It is dire … as dire as what we read in Micah 3.  But right following the pronouncement of judgment, He says,

                                                                   (Matthew 11: 28 – 30  NIV)

In “The Message” translation, Peterson uses a phrase in translating these verses that I love – and I think we need to hear it today.  He says, “Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

Oh Lord … I do want to learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  Help me … help us … so that we can see you as You really are.  This day … may we handle our affairs, our business, our family with justice … Your justice.