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GOD’S PROPHETS DEMAND JUSTICE
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Unit 2: Micah Calls for Justice Among Unjust People
Many associate the Old Testament prophets with stern, unyielding “turn or burn” proclamations of judgement. While the judgement of God on a wayward people is certainly an inescapable part of the prophets’ language, one could also summarize their message with the phase “turn and burn”: God’s people must both turn from their selfish, sinful ways and burn with a passion for justice. The lessons for this month highlight some of the Old Testament prophets’ most notable calls to just living.
July 5th - Lesson 5 - No Rest for the Wicked
Devotional Reading: Proverbs 11:1-10
Background Scripture: Micah 2
Key Verse: O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the Lord straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?. - Micah 2:7
Thought to Remember: Treat others with the mercy you desire God to extend to you.
July 12th - Lesson 6 - No Tolerance for Corrupt Officials
Devotional Reading: Matthew 7:15-20
Background Scripture: Micah 3
Key Verse: Truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgement, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. - Micah 3:8
Thought to Remember: True leadership is not taking control but giving control - to the Lord.
July 19th - Lesson 7 - What the Lord Requires
Devotional Reading: Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Background Scripture: Micah 6
Key Verse: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? - Micah 6:8
Thought to Remember: To be open to Gods desire, open His Word.
July 26th - Lesson 8 - God’s Matchless Mercy
Devotional Reading: Psalm 13
Background Scripture: Micah 7:11-20
Key Verse: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. - Micah 7:18
Thought to Remember: Proclaim God’s matchless mercy in Jesus.
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