Recently I finished the construction of my mother-in-laws three season porch. However, there is something about it that bothers me every time I go into the room. It has to do with the floor. When I was installing this special laminate floor I found that some of the joints would come apart. This would often cause me to take apart rows of flooring and redo them.
When I finished the floor there were no issues so I completed putting on the door trim and all of the base. Unfortunately, since that time there are now two spots where the floor has separated again. To fix it I will have to remove the base trim and pull up some of the flooring. It is a big job and I am not looking forward to it.
Why do I tell you this story? Because last week in my absence Andy Lickel filled this pulpit. In doing so, he put on some of the trim pieces. I had told him that I thought his sermon would be around the beginning of Micah 6 but by the time I left I had not completed Micah 5..
As many of you know, I preached through Micah 5:9 before I left and Andy preached on Micah 6:1-5. This meant that we skipped Micah 5:10-15.
Do we discuss Micah 6:6-8 today?
Do we go back to Micah 5:10-15?
Or do we try to cover all of these texts together in one sermon which was my initial intent?
As I sat down to type out this sermon it became evident that I should only try to deal with Micah 5:10-15. In doing so, we will lay the groundwork for understanding Micah 6:6-8 better next week.
As a result, it could be said that this week we are going to back up and complete the floor. I am not going back because the trim was installed wrong. I have gone back and listened to Andy’s sermon twice this week and I enjoyed it more each time. I have also heard that many of you enjoyed the sermon last week. I am going back in the text because I had left the floor incomplete.
Just before our text today in Micah 5:3 we read these words, “Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth...”
I would like to make three observations about this verse. In doing so, we will be swept up into our text today.
- God gives them up by being unresponsive to their prayers and by not accepting their religious acts and sacrifices.
- God gives them up by bringing judgment upon them (Micah 5:10-15; Romans 1:24,26,28)
- Simultaneously to this God is actively pursuing their salvation
(Observation 1 – when God gives people up it may mean He becomes unresponsive)
First, my natural inclination when looking at this verse is to think that to be “given up” may mean that God becomes indifferent towards his people. And to some degree this may be true. We have seen this already in Micah 3:4, “Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.”
To be clear, God never becomes indifferent towards people. It is not because God is apathetic that He does not answer their prayers but because of the condition of their heart and disposition towards Him and His Word. If at any time a person will repent and respond to the preaching of the gospel they will be saved!
Jeremiah 3:22 - “Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness.”
Amos 5:4 - “For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, ‘Seek me and live!’”
Matthew 23:37 - “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”
We will see next week in Micah 6:6-7 that God will not respond to even the most extravagant of sacrifices and religious acts if a persons hearts and actions deny Him and His Word. Micah writes, “With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my tra