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Rebellion: A Path To Ruin     Micah 1:1-9; 2:1-4a     May 10, 2009


       When any of us see a rebellious person we know their payday will come. A person driving a car in a rebellious manner will eventually experience a wreck. The saddest part of this is that you cannot usually tell rebellious people anything about their errors and get a serious hearing. There rebellious lifestyle could be titled, Rebellion: A Path To Ruin.


1.   The . . Revelation Of The Path To Ruin. 1:1-2

       A.   The Revelation Gives God’s . . Word About The Path To Ruin. 1:1

1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Moreshite — what he saw regarding Samaria and

       Jerusalem in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.


       B.   The Revelation Gives God’s . . Witness About The Path To Ruin. 1:2

2 Listen, all you peoples; pay attention, earth and everyone in it! The Lord GOD will be a witness against you, the Lord, from His holy temple.

       Micah, like most prophets, states God gave him a word of revelation to deliver to the people. God warns in this revelation about the path to ruin. He promises to be a witness against those bent on rebellion. Micah shares the first of 20 commands from God in this book as he tells the people to “listen and pay attention.” But the problem of rebellion comes about because the people do not listen or pay attention to God’s Word.  


2.   The . . Rebellion And The Path To Ruin. 1:3-5 

       A.   The Rebellion Receives God’s . . Intervention. 1:3

            3 Look, the LORD is leaving His place and coming down to trample the heights of the earth.


       B.   The Rebellion Receives God’s . . Invasion. 1:4

4 The mountains will melt beneath Him, and the valleys will split apart, like wax near a fire, like water cascading down a mountainside.


       C.   The Rebellion Receives God’s . . Interaction. 1:5

5 All this will happen because of Jacob's rebellion and the sins of the house of Israel. What is the rebellion of Jacob? Isn't it Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Isn't it Jerusalem?

       Micah not only heard the Word of God; he saw the Lord as a mighty conqueror coming down to intervene and going from mountain to mountain as a consuming fire in the affairs of mankind. This intervention takes the form of an invasion where God interacts with the people in judgment. The Lord specifically attacks the two capitol cities of Samaria, and Jerusalem. One commentator states Samaria was captured in 722 B.C. and Jerusalem was besieged in 701 B.C.. All of this judgment took place because the bulk of the people rebelled rather than follow the ways of the Lord. Specifically the text says, “Jacob’s rebellion and the sins of Israel.” This refers to their perversion of worship and injustice toward others.


3.   The . . Results Of The Path To Ruin. 1:6-9

       A.   The Results Caused The Destruction Of . . Wages. 1:6-7

6 Therefore, I will make Samaria a heap of ruins in the countryside, a planting area for a vineyard. I will roll her stones into the valley and expose her foundations. 7 All her carved images will be smashed to pieces, all her wages will be burned in the fire, and I will destroy all her idols. Since she collected the wages of a prostitute, they will be used again for a prostitute.


       B.   The Results Caused Degrading . . Wailing. 1:8-9

8 Because of this I will lament and wail; I will walk barefoot and naked. I will howl like the jackals and mourn like ostriches. 9 For her wound is incurable and has reached even Judah; it has approached the gate of my people, as far as Jerusalem.

       Samaria became very proud of her carved images but God promises they will be smashed to pieces. The abominable wages that they collected to create all these fancy images God will reduced these expensive images to that which will be equal to a prostitutes wages. This action of the Lord, although deserved, will cause Micah

to lament, walk naked, wail, and howl like an animal. The rebellion that cause the wailing spread throughout the land. It greatly grieved the prophet. We can see evidence of a growing rebellion in our nation. The results may very well be similar to that which Micah speaks about.


4.   The . . Retaliation Produced From The Path To Ruin. 2:1-4

       A.   The Retaliation Caused From . . Wicked Greed. 2:1-2

1 Woe to those who dream up wickedness and prepare evil plans on their beds! At morning light

               they accomplish it because the power is in their hands. 2 They covet fields and seize them; they also

take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.


       B.   The Retaliation Caused From The . . Will Of God. 2:3-4

3 Therefore, the LORD says: I am now planning a disaster against this nation; you cannot free your necks from it. Then you will not walk so proudly because it will be an evil time. 4 In that day one will take up a taunt against you, and lament mournfully, saying: We are totally ruined! HCSB

       The older I get the more it seems the evidence of wide spread greed reveals itself. Greedy people seem to never get enough. It is hard for me to believe men in bankrupt companies can except large bonuses but we see the reporting of it on the nightly news. God does not respect this kind of action and promises a disaster from which these people can not free themselves. Rebellion really displays itself as a path to ruin. Amen? Amen!