Israel’s Guilt and Punishment (Micah 6:9 – 16)

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Micah 6:9 – 16

1. Ever seen produce carefully weighed and packaged before your eyes? Describe such a store – its sights, sounds, smells and service.

2. Where do you do most of your shopping? Why there?

3. How is the “fear” of God’s name the source of wisdom (verse 9; see also Proverbs 1:7)? What does it mean to “heed the rod”?

4. How does God uphold the moral law (verses 10 – 16)?

5. How will God’s punishment fit the crime? Explain your answer.

  • sin afflicts undeserving victims
  • evil triumphs, but only for a day
  • others get the last laugh
  • God is a scrooge

6. What sins of Northern kings, Omri and Ahab, are imitated by those in the South (verse 16; see also 1 Kings 16:21 – 33)?

7. In God’s discipline of Israel, what view of sin does that encourage you to adopt? Knowing God loves you and hates your sin, how will you be weighed in the balance?

8. Where do you find dishonest traders today? Does the punishment still fit the crime? Is that as effective as in Micah’s day?

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The LORD’s Case Against Israel (Micah 6:1 – 8)

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Micah 6:1 – 8

1. When, if ever, have you tried bribing you parents for a favor?

2. In this trial scene, who is the accused? The prosecutor? Chief witnesses? Judge and jury?

3. What make God’s case against Israel so convincing (verses 2 – 5)? What evidence do Moses, Aaron and Miriam provide? What did Balak counsel and Balaam answer? How does the “journey from Shittim to Gilgal” (Joshua 2 – 4) strengthen God’s case?

4. Under cross-examination, what does the accused have to say (verses 6 – 8)? What does their silence imply? Are they guilty as charged? Why?

5. What recompense can the accused offer? Why is such up-to-date religion inadequate?

6. What will the Lord accept instead? Why?

7. On what would you base a case against God (verse 1)? Would it hold up in His court of justice and mercy?

8. What does it mean to “act justly” and “love mercy” and “walk humbly”? Are you obeying? What requirements have you added to verse 8 in your own view of “what is good” for your life? Are these really from God?

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Deliverance and Destruction (Micah 5:6 – 15)

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Micah 5:6 – 15

1. Complete this prayer, “Lord, deliver us from . . .” Why is that your chief concern?

2. What do you like about carpet, clothing or food remnants? What redemptive purpose can they serve?

3. How is the vision of universal peace (Micah 5:1 – 5a) like (and unlike) this picture (verses 5b – 9)?

4. The Assyrian invasion takes place in 587 B. C. How will the redemption of God’s remnant then take place (verses 6 – 9)?

5. While this prophecy refers primarily to the release of the captives in 538 B. C., to what future deliverance can this prophecy also point?

6. What will this restoration of the remnant look like? How can the remnant be both morning dew which refreshes (verse 7) and roaring lion which devours (verse 8)?

7. What does God have against horses, chariots, strongholds, witchcraft, carved images, cities and the like (verses 10 – 14)? What do they all have in common against God (verse 15)?

8.  In what sense is your church like a spiritual remnant? Remnant of what? How is it like dew? A lion?

9. What would Micah say about modern empire building in politics? In church life? Our superstitions, horoscopes and the occult?

10. What modern forms of rebellion and pride could you list beside the ones rebuked by Micah, to be destroyed by the Lord “in that day”?

11. What might God want to destroy in your life? Why that? Would God be both loving and just to perform that spiritual “cancer surgery”? How so?

12. To Micah, it was more important to be obedient (verse 15) than to be victorious. What does that way mean to our success-oriented society? How can you be sure you desire God, not success?

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