Micah's Misery - Micah 7:1-7
We saw last week in Micah 6:9-16 that Micah has just been used as the instrument through which the LORD has spoken. We discussed these words, “The voice of the LORD cries to the city – and it is sound wisdom to fear your name.”
In that text last week we discovered, among other things that:
The LORD peers down into our homes and sees every detail that is there.
The LORD looks into their businesses and sees the way that the books are kept. He knows if there are false measurements being used.
The LORD sees peoples hearts, He hears the lies that are spoken and the deceit that is uttered.
Therefore, the LORD will strike His people with a grievous blow, making them desolate because of their sins. (6:13) And as a result of all of this they shall experience no fulfillment or fruitfulness even though they sow in their fields and seek to preserve what it yields.
As we come to chapter 7, one of the interesting things that we observe is that we are not immediately told of how the people respond to what the LORD has said. We are not told if they were at all moved by the words that ‘I AM’ has just spoken to them. We do not know if they expressed any fear like Micah 6:9 spoke of, “...it is sound wisdom to fear your name.”
This raises two questions.
What does it look like when we respond in wisdom to fear the LORD?
How did the people respond to the LORD spoke in Micah 6:9-16?
Question #1 - What does it look like to heed sound judgment and fear the LORD? Perhaps there is no more concise definition to this than the one that we find in Joshua 24:14-15,
“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to sever the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15)
Question #2 – How did the people in Micah’s day Respond?
Sadly, we are left with the impression that only a few would respond to what the Lord said in Micah 6:9-16.
There were far more wicked than righteous.
There were many more scoffers than there were people of faith.
I say this because this book ends with these words in Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance?”
There is no God like our God!
He pardons sin and passes over transgressions.
He delights in steadfast love and does not retain His anger forever.
He has compassion upon an undeserving people.
And this compassion is seen best in the fact that He treads upon iniquities and casts our sins into the depths of the sea.
Yet, sadly only a remnant will benefit from all of this. Only a few will hear the words of the LORD and respond. Far more will love wickedness and evil deeds and therefore they will not come to the LORD.
John 3:19-20 – “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Who has your attention? The crowd of scoffers, the multitude of ungodly, the hoard of the wicked. All of these can easily capture our attention and escalate our fears.
Micah does not leave us with our attention upon these godless people. And even though Micah is an example for us to follow in this text, the prophet is pointing us to something greater than his example. He knows that the people are sinners and that he is as well. All are in need of salvation.
Micah 7:2, “The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind; they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net.”
Micah 7:9, “I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him...”
Micah has now heard the word of the Lord at the end of Micah 6 and in our text today he goes out into the city to see if there is any righteous among them. After having gone out to look for some fruit among the people he uses a powerful illustration to describe what he has seen. He says that he is the poor man who has gone out to the fields to find some fruit among the crops. When he arrives at the fields he finds that the lawlessness of the people has consumed everything. He looks intently for any fruit but he finds none. He says, “...there is nothing to eat, no first-ripe fig that my soul desires.” (7:1)
[Application: Throughout your day how muc