Rebuke and Rupture
Topic: AM Service Passage: Micah 2:1–13
One of the most foolish things about sin is that sinners believe they can hide their actions from God. They believe they can plot in secret or act under cover of darkness, and God will never be the wiser. The prophet Micah reminds us that this is not the case. God sees us even as we devise plans in the darkness of our solitary bedrooms. There is no hiding from God. In chapter 2, Micah prophesies specifically against the greed and covetousness of those who oppress and ruin others. And he reminds those who refuse to speak God’s truth about such oppression that they are not real preachers – instead, they aid and abet sin and injustice with soft words. But just as we think there is no hope for the people of God under the weight of Micah’s prophesy, he describes the one who goes forth and breaks through the confinement of God’s people. This “breaker” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, who frees His people from the confinement of sin and evil. Micah’s message is one of “Rebuke and Rupture” (Micah 2:1-13).
I. Rebuke to the Greedy (2:1-5)
A. Devising Wickedness
B. Devising Justice
II. Rebuke to False Preachers (2:6-11)
A. Soft Preaching
B. Hard Assessment
III. Rupture of Grace (2:12-13)
A. Gathered by Grace
B. Liberated by Grace
Questions for consideration: (1) What is the equivalent in our day to the greedy people in Micah’s who took land? What sin in your life is similar? How can you fight that sin? (2) Why is “soft preaching” such a problem? How does it hurt you more than “offensive” or hard preaching? (3) How does the promise of verses 12-13 encourage you in your daily life?