A Summer Break!
Dear friends! Martha & I have the opportunity to travel to North American in order to introduce each other to our family and friends. I will not be asking our visiting speakers to post their sermons on our website, so there will be no updates or posts for the coming few weeks. I look forward to interacting with you a little later in the summer! May your summer be blessed!
Micah Lesson 4: "What does the LORD require? Justice, Mercy, Humility. Mich 6-7
This final section of the prophet Micah is written with passion and conviction. It is written against the backdrop of the reign of the evil king Manasseh (2 Kings 21). Four pictures emerge from the text - 1) a picture of the 'detestable practices' which God was particularly concerned about; 2) a picture of judgment yet rescue - God would judge sin, but He does not forget the promises of His covenant; 3) a picture of the heart of God (7:18-20); and 4) a picture what God's mandate for His people (6:1-8). The clear and practical mandate of this section reflects an appropriate response to the message of the whole book. If God really is as Micah describes, then the appropriate response is to 'act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before this God'. May it be!
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Against the backdrop of the reign of King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-20), Micah continues to paint a bold picture of God. He is a God who is passionately opposed to leaders who are corrupt and take advantage of people (ch. 3); He is the Sovereign LORD who WILL reign for ever and ever (4:1-8); He is the God who rescues and will provide Ultimate Rescue through The Rescuer who comes from Bethlehem (4:9-5:9); He is a God who brings salvation through purging (5:10-15). How do we respond to a God like this?? We respond along with the people who declare "all the nations may walk in the name of their gods; but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever" (4:5).
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Dear Friends of ICB,
Helping Hands is collecting MENS SHOES this week. Can you help? Shoes must be in good wearable condition. Please bring the church this coming Sunday, June 8th or deliver this week to Hope Academy.
The opening words of the prophet Micah (v2) carry a strong and global injunction to hear and listen to the Sovereign LORD. A description of life under King Ahaz found in 2Kings 16 gives us an understanding of why those early recipients of Micah's writing so urgently needed to pay attention to the Sovereign LORD who was indeed coming in judgment against them. Micah paints a picture of God for them including 3 characteristics: 1) God is the Sovereign God of all creation (1:3-4); 2) He is the Judge who comes against sin, esp. idolatry and covetousness (1:5-7; 2:1-11); and 3) surprisingly, He is still a God who does not forget His covenant - He will preserve a remnant! (2:12-13). Two responses are called for in the passage: 1) lament (1:8-16); and 2) listen (1:2). May it be!
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