Prayer and Praise (Micah 7:14 – 20)

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Micah 7:14 – 20

1. Can you communicate without using your hands? How well?

2. When was the last time you felt like the proverbial three monkeys: “see no evil” (hands over eyes), “hear no evil” (hands over ears) and “speak no evil” (hands over mouth)?

3. Which monkey are you like?

4. What restoration is here pictured for Israel’s (and your) prayer and praise? What picture of God do you see?

5. What is the basis in antiquity for these “wonders from God” (verse 15)? How will God confound the once proud, powerful nations (verses 16 and 17)? Can you see this happening today?

6. Which aspect of Micah’s God most endears Him to you? Which aspect of God might cause you and others to repent in fear? To rebel in anger?

7. From your study of Micah, do you believe God loves you because you are so good? Or because He is so good? Why?

8. From your study of this book, how could this prophet have such a clear understanding of grace and hold forth the greatest hope, if he had not also the most serious view of sin? How are these three concepts related in the Gospel you present to others?

9. What else have you appreciated from you study of Micah? How will you remain true to Micah’s God?

10. Is there anything about you which would inspire in outsiders a reverence and awe of your God (as in verses 16 and 17)? Why or why not?

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Israel Will Rise (Micah 7:8 – 13)

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Micah 7:8 – 13

1. What helps you to see light at the end of the tunnel?

2. Who seems to be speaking in verses 8 – 10? In verses 11 – 13? What is each saying?

3. Why will the gloating nations feel shame instead (verse 10)?

4. What out-of-the-darkness and into-the-light experience does fallen Israel anticipate? How does this prove the mercy and justice of the Lord (verse 9)?

5. What world-wide “desolation” and “deeds” are expected (verse 13)?

6. How will this fix attention on spiritual Israel (verse 12)? Why will that mean wrath for some, but salvation for others?

7. How does God answer the enemy’s question in verse 10? When your enemy (or the Enemy) asks you the same, how do you answer? Based on what?

8. At what points do you identify with Israel and her enemies?

  • gloating over others
  • sitting in darkness
  • covered with shame
  • seeing righteousness prevail
  • trampled underfoot
  • secure in your salvation
  • extending your boundaries

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Israel’s Misery (Micah 7:1 – 7)

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Micah 7:1 – 7

1. What food do you crave, even now? When deprived of that, what are you like?

2. For what visitor will you clean your home: your employer? your parents? your neighbors? your first date? Explain your answer.

3. Who is Micah speaking for here in chapter 7: himself or the repentant remnant of Israel? Is he miserable (verse 1) or hopeful (verse 7)? Why do you think so? What is the figurative food he desires?

4. If God restrains sin, what happens when people block Him out of their lives (verses 2 – 6)? How bad does it get in government? In the streets? In the home?

5. Overcome by such misery, corruption and brokenness, what gives “me” (the repentant remnant) hope (verse 7)? What does “watching” and “waiting” for the Lord entail?

6. Where are you just now on the misery-hope index? Why? What spiritual hunger does that leave you with?

7. On a large-scale misery hope index, how would you rate your country compared to early Israel? Why that rating? What can be done about that?

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