Read Micah 2:4-5
I. Prophecies of the Future. There are Jews who have developed oppressive habits towards their fellow Jews. In our Sunday School material, a time of mockery is prophesied. The oppressive Jews will suffer some of the misfortunate that they helped to distribute to others.
- God can turn things around for the wicked. Notice in vss. 4-5 that those who are living wickedly will reap what they have sown. In like manner, when people do wickedly today, God has a way of seeing that they get what is coming to them.
They may ride high for a season, but when God gets ready, He turns things around. Let’s live like we trust God to turn things around at the right time.
Such living should urge us to live righteously, instead of wickedly. Such living should urge us to be confident in the Lord’s working things out, instead of being overly depressed, while we wait on the Lord.
Read Micah 2:6-11
II. Problems in the Present. There are those who are trying to control the prophet’s message. In our Sunday School material they continue to be oppressive. And there are plans for them to experience hard times. They are more receptive to false prophets.
- Controlling the prophet’s message. Notice in vss. 6, 11 that the evil doers want to control what the prophet says. They want Malachi to stop talking about how God is going to punish. They would rather hear about how God is going to bless.
In like manner, there are too many in and outside the church who feel quite similar. We should spend our energy living by God’s will, instead of trying to find someone to bless us, in spite of our willful sins.
Let’s work on lining up with God’s word, instead of trying to get the messenger to change the message. Whether the preacher says so or not, God will punish sin and bless obedience. This is good news to those who obey God and troubling news for those who don’t want obey God.
- God’s patience and wrath. Notice in vs. 7 of our Sunday School material the idea that the descendants of Jacob thought that God would never be impatient or send His wrath (i.e., do such things, vss. 4-5).
In like manner there are too many today who behave as if God is not and should not punish them. Some put too much confidence in their traditions, seniority, title, or something else.
Let’s live like we know that God really does punish sin. Such living should be known for learning and obeying His will.
- Mistreating people. Notice in vss. 8-9 that the evil doers are mistreating people in general and the widow and orphans in particular. In like manner, there are too many who mistreat people today.
Sometimes the mistreatment is active – saying mean things and doing mean things. And then too often the mistreatment is inactive – failing to say and do the right things. Think about how the goats in Matthew 25 were punished because they did not do the good that they could do.
Let’s work on living like we believe that God punishes those who mistreat people. Such living should be known for loving people, instead of mistreating them.
- God can turn riches to rags. Notice in vs. 10 that the place that the evil doers mistreated people for and took with wickedness has now turned into ruins. In like manner, God has a way of punishing those who do evil. He can turn what evil doers work so hard to get into ruins.
Let’s work on living like God is able to turn our promised land into ruins. Such living should be known for obedience, instead of evil doing.
Conclusion: Let’s work on making sure that we are not mistreating others and that we are trusting God to take care of the evil doers in our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.
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