(sermon by Andrew Allison – March 26.2017)
Micah is a difficult book to read but stay with me. Micah is speaking to his people, “Wake up! There’s something wrong here. We can live well. How you live your life matters.”
Micah is rebuking two groups who are living poorly – leaders and prophets.
Two types of justice:
- corrective (restorative) justice
- primary justice – the way God intended for us. It’s not restorative. It’s how we’re to be so that we flourish.
“Leaders, should you not know justice?” vs.1
Instead, leaders hated justice. Verses 2 and 3 are a picture of how injustice feels like to God. There is corruption but there is more than corruption. There is disintegration when leaders come apart and no longer care for others. Leaders were supposed to be giving voice to the voiceless but instead, they were making their own lives better.
Prophets spoke for God but they weren’t doing their job either. They had dialed up the happy dial and proclaimed, “peace” but that was not the message God had told them to say.
Both leaders and prophets lost who they were supposed to be. They had lost their identity. God had given them an identity for the good of others but they used their gift to help themselves.
Whatever gifts God has given you, they are for the benefit of others.
Micah had a job to do – he was to tell people about their sin.
But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rules of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right. (vs. 8,9)
Am I using God-given talents for my own profit?
Am I holding back from others?
There was a survey done, asking people, “What are the words you most want to hear?”
#1. “I love you.”
#2. “I forgive you.”
#3. “Dinner’s ready.”
That’s a good summary of the Bible – I love you. I forgive you. Dinner’s ready. Come home.