Corruption and Calamity
Topic: AM Service Passage: Micah 3:1–12
The world can be a dangerous and ugly place. Contrary to the wishes of some, people are not basically good. People are greedy, manipulative, and hurtful to others so that they can gain an advantage or possess wealth. We can see that today in news reports and headlines. It was also true in Micah’s day, even among the professing people of God. The corrupt political and religious leaders in Judah may have thought that the Lord either did not see or did not care, but the prophet Micah shows them that they were wrong about that. The Lord calls out the corruption of the leaders and their hypocrisy. He threatens them with judgment for their actions and disregard of His law. Rather than ignoring God’s warnings and assuming that they could never apply to us, we should turn from “Corruption and Calamity” (Micah 3:1-12) and turn to the safety that is found in the Savior, Jesus Christ.
I. Injustice Presented (3:1-4)
II. Prophets for Profit (3:5-8)
III. Promises Presumed (3:9-12)
Questions for consideration: (1) Why does Micah especially rebuke those who should know about justice? What does that tell you about your own responsibilities? (2) When we use God’s gifts and blessings for our own benefit rather than His purposes what is the result? Where do you see that most in the Church today? In your own life today? (3) Why can it often be more dangerous to know the promises of God than to ignore them?