READ: Micah 7:1-7 (esp. v3-4)
- Micah’s litany of frustration continues. He highlights how even people in positions of authority are failing God. It culminates with even “the best of them…briars” and “the most upright…thorns.” Micah has nothing good to say about the entire scope of the population. You can expect certain segments of any culture to be evil; but you don’t expect the people responsible for such issues as justice to morally crumble.
- Since thhe culture has declined, there are consequences to be faced. This kind of overall cultural life cannot last…and it cannot be tolerated. The reference is couched in terms of Ezekiel’s comments about watchmen. If Israel ignored the voices of the messengers God sent to them, they could expect nothing but destruction. Sin would not be ignored.
- Some consequences are built in and some are inflicted upon us by others. Israel would experience both. They would suffer the demise of the culture and thus not be able to trust others, not feel safe and secure, and not be able to break the cycles. In addition, they would experience exile at the hand of God. We may not experience exile since culturally we are not the people of God, but we can and have experienced the natural, built-in consequences of a broken world.
- What natural consequences do you see in our cultural situation?
- Why do you think natural consequences don’t move us to be different?
- What external consequences do you see occurring because of our broken culture?
PRAY: Ask God to help us learn from our brokenness and move to do and be better. Pray that as a church we can help to stem the downward cultural spiral. Commit to being as healthy in your relationships as possible.