BLOG TEXT: MICAH 2
Micah declares to the people of the day that the JUDGE was coming, referring to God!!
And God was angry because of widespread SIN of Idolatry and…covetousness, abuses, lawlessness, among other things.
And this isn’t just referring to the nation’s leaders, but to everyone who had cultivated a heart of acceptance to do evil in the sight of God.
The CULTIVATION Effect –
In Genesis 2:15, Adam’s job in the Garden was to “tend and keep”–or “cultivate and guard” what God had provided.
To CULTIVATE is the effort a farmer makes to ensure that he will produce a bountiful crop.
If a FARMER is lazy, if he fails to cultivate the ground, to do nothing to promote growth, nature will follow its course and the farm begins to degenerate.
If we don’t “guard” our hearts; we get lazy in reading and meditating on the Word of God, spiritual weeds (lies, excuses, rebellious spirit, lawlessness) will crop up and choke out any spiritual growth (fruit) that should be developing.
And in the place of SPIRITUAL FRUIT, we begin to nourish (cultivate) our fleshly heart, and sin gets a hold of our thoughts and we wind up at the wrong destination.
In place of FRUIT, SIN will reign in its place and our heart will begin to degenerate.
Proverbs 4:23-26 begins with this: “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life” (v. 23).
Apathy can let down your guard…
We are often guilty of pointing a finger at our nation’s leaders, our elected politicians, while at the same time being somewhat complacent–apathetic– on what’s tolerated by society– “Hey, I don’t support “X, Y, Z”, but I don’t want to be judgmental. There’s nothing I can do or say, so why bother.”
It might become THE LAW of the land, but as true believers, we don’t have to roll over and play dead–forget who we are in Christ JESUS.
What is about to happen isn’t going to be a pretty sight!
So God declares through the Prophet some pretty heavy things that were going to happen from their neglect, their laziness, for what they were doing to the people and for their sins!!
What ever they had taken, God was going to take from them!!! This also refers to their impending captivity to Babylon.
The whole scene is not a pretty sight
Then in Chapter 2:12-13, the scene abruptly shifts to the LORD’S restoration–A “BREAKTHROUGH”!
I think we can all agree, before we were born again, our lives were under JUDGMENT because of our SIN!
Romans 3:23: Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.
If we are honest with ourselves, some of us did some pretty ugly things we’re not proud of.
We can look back and remember, some of us were pretty messed up. Because of that, our SIN brought the JUDGMENT OF GOD on our lives.
Romans 2:5-6:  “But by your callous stubbornness and impenitence of heart you are storing up wrath and indignation for yourself on the day of wrath and indignation, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.  For He will render to every man according to his works.”
Romans 6:23: “For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Then JESUS came into our lives and changed the course of everything!!! Whether at the time, we weren’t aware of what just happened to us spiritually. It still happened!!
RECOGNIZING THE FIVE “R’s” AND MORE!
We were REDEEMED, RECOVERED, RECLAIMED, RELEASED, RESCUED…brought back, purchased, delivered, dis-imprisoned, emancipated, liberated, loosened, set free, SAVED by the Precious Blood of JESUS!!!
1 Peter 1:18-19:
 “You must know (recognize) that you were redeemed (ransomed) from the useless (fruitless) way of living inherited by tradition from [your] forefathers, not with corruptible things [such as] silver and gold.  But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot.”
JESUS is our Savior, our liberator, our salvager, our salvation, THE MESSIAH!!
TRANSITION TO THE BREAKTHROUGH (verse 12):
In the book of MICAH, the people, as well as the leaders of the land, were under THE JUDGMENT of God.
Then, all of a sudden in Verse 12, a transition…a breaking through the Mist of Deception takes place.
It is kind of like SALVATION–
First, you are not saved, then in a moment, you open up your heart to receive Christ and confess Him as Lord.
In that moment…YOU ARE SAVED!
Here in chapter two of Micah, we have the JUDGMENT OF GOD, and then all of a sudden, there’s RESTORATION to those that have survived (“overcomers”) all the ugliness and had been broken.
BREAKING THROUGH THE SHEEP’S’ GATE–
Micah 2:12-13 (N.L.T.) – RESTORATION:
 “Someday, O Israel, I will gather you; I will gather the remnant who are left. I will bring you together again like sheep in a pen, like a flock into pasture. Yes your land will again be filled with noisy crowds!
 Your leader will break out and lead you out of exile, out through the gates of the enemy cities, back to your own land. Your king will lead you; the Lord himself will guide you.”
GOD CAN RESTORE!
God restores, renews, rebuilds, recovers…heals, cures, mends, retouches, refreshes and revives.
He RESTORES LIVES,
He RESTORES HEARTS,
He RESTORES MINDS,
He RESTORES RELATIONSHIPS & FRIENDSHIPS,
He RESTORES FAMILIES & MARRIAGES.
I think we all know and can give many testimonies that GOD is a GOD who RESTORES!
Jesus has the POWER of RESTORATION (verses 12-13) –
In the text, there’s a remnant of God’s people spoken of in their land (foretold captivity), but they were broken, wounded, hurt people who were spread out over the land and…the prophet Micah declares to them that God would restore and gather them all together again.
“I will bring them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in the middle of a pasture, they will be so numerous that they will make a lot of noise.”
This is a perfect picture of RESTORATION & HEALING.
The basic understanding here is God wants to restore & heal those who have been BROKEN OR HURT AND WOUNDED!!
As we go to Verse 13, there is something very deep-seated that needs further study.
As I studied and meditated on this verse of Scripture, the more I read it, the more powerful it became. The “Breaker” has come up before them; they have broken up; and…they have passed through the gate and are gone out through it.
It’s like the image I used of the Gathered Sheep in a pen, excited to burst through the narrow gate.
It is a picture of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt, sudden and aggressive! God broke down the gate of their captivity and lead them out of bondage.
It is a picture of deliverance, not conquest. It’s not just breaking thru a barrier (the obstacle in the way) to get to the other side. BUT…to BREAKTHROUGH; removing all other obstacles to keep them moving forward…then MOVING FORWARD!!
It’s a picture of being confined, like in prison, and all of a sudden the prison gate was blown open and set the prisoners free!!!
And the OBSTACLE which was the gate was removed so they could get out; keep moving forward.
Without getting too heavy here, the basic understanding is God will remove any and all obstacles to get us where we need to be. It is telling us today that God is the “BREAKER”. That God is a God of BREAKTHROUGH!!! He will remove those things that stand in our way of progress.
The Enemy Will Try to Put Obstacles In Our Path…
Satan will try to stop what God wants to do in our lives. But God the Breaker, the God of Breakthrough, can and will clear a path to overthrow everything that stands in the way that God wants us to accomplish.
I don’t know about your circumstances, but I do know that in my Christian walk with God, when I need a BREAKTHROUGH, He will keep me moving forward. And He can do the same for you.
We Need Some Breakthroughs Right Now…
#1. For Our Churches–for souls to be saved and a supernatural move of Holy Spirit to touch the lives of His people.
A BREAKTHROUGH so spirit moved, that it couldn’t be refuted, challenged or denied; you knew, that you knew you were in the Presence of God.
#2. We need a BREAKTHROUGH of the Holy Spirit Fire!
A BREAKTHROUGH so awesome, that men and women would rise up to any occasion and do the work the Lord has called them to do!!
#3. We need a BREAKTHROUGH in our VISION…
To look further than we’ve ever gone before. To enlarge, to stretch, to lengthen, to strengthen and not hold back.
A VISION that goes beyond our borders–“Jerusalem” first, then Judea, Samaria…and the World!” (Acts 1:8 – paraphrased).
This not only applies to the CHURCH as a corporate body, but also as an individual Christian.
You might need A BREAKTHROUGH in your VISION because right now, it’s dull and blurred.
You might need A BREAKTHROUGH so that you can clearly see what God has called you to do.
You might need A BREAKTHROUGH from apathy, indifference, and worst of all…LUKEWARMNESS.
We need a PHYSICAL BREAKTHROUGH!
Some need a FINANCIAL BREAKTHROUGH!
God wants us to know according to the words in Micah, We don’t have to remain in the sheep pen…in the negative place we’re at, that He can give us BREAKTHROUGH!
God doesn’t want us to stay in captivity to any negative situation we find ourselves in. He wants to BREAK down the gate and set us free–keep us moving in that direction.
THE GOD OF BREAKTHROUGH –
According to verse 13, God would clear a path for mankind and make a way to Himself.
Thank You Father for Your Son Jesus!
God makes a way for us to be brought to Himself through His Son Jesus. Thank God for His wonderful, awesome, amazing grace.
If you are reading this today, right where you are, JESUS wants you to experience A BREAKTHROUGH in your life.
You see SIN has the POWER to hold you captive.
But JESUS has a greater POWER TO SET YOU FREE FROM CAPTIVITY.
He wants to forgive you of all your sins, and come into your heart today.
If you will give Him your old life, He will give you a new one!!!
CREDITS & FOOTNOTES:
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Bible Translations Used: Amplified Bible, except where noted in the Text.