“3O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!
After all we’ve been reading, all the wrath and fire and rebukes.
Here is where God stops the book and wants to talk, “What is your problem? What have I done to you? How have I wearied you?”
Think about that. How does that happen to someone? How does someone get “wearied” of God?
Am I “wearied” of God?
If so, how do I get “un”-weary?
After all the things we have heard about what Judah and Israel have been doing in chapters 1 through 5, God is taking Israel to court and he has several accusations against them.
Micah 6:1… “Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.”
It say’s “plead your case”. This as a “courtroom scene” the Lord has several indictments, or reprimands, against Israel.
- The Courtroom Of The Lord
- Reprimands Of The Lord
- Reprimand 1: Abuse of the Promised Land (v1)
These mountains and hills belonged to God. Everything belongs to God. Even your stuff and my stuff. The cattle on a thousand hills, and He had rules about it.
These laws were being ignored by the people.
- Reprimand 2: Unfaithfulness (v1)
They were making places of pagan worship on the “mountains, the hills”.
These people would take the tops of the “mountains and the hills” and set up pagan altars to false gods.
- Reprimand 3: They were “wearied” of God. (v3)
The word for weary doesn’t just mean “tired” it means “sick and tired”. Is that true? Were they “wearied” of God? Yes. How can you tell when you are “wearied” of God? You stop being satisfied in him. We stop thinking of him as the source of our strength in the day to day walk of life. And so we build false idols on “mountains, the hills, and the enduring foundations of the earth”. Because we can see them. We built them. We know them. We know how to climb there.
How in the world can you get weary of a God that did such powerful things?
Well, they forgot. They forgot several things.
- Reprimand 4: They forgot the beginning (v4)
God had freed them from bondage, redeemed them.
- Reprimand 5: They forgot the danger (v5)
People wanted to destroy them and curse them and lie to them. People wanted to seduce them.
- Reprimand 6: They forgot the righteous acts of the Lord (v5)
Gilgal was the spot where the Children of Israel crossed over the Jordan into the Promised Land. Gilgal is the spot where Israel camped the first night they crossed the Jordan. The beginning. When the love was new and the “mountains, the hills, and the enduring foundations of the earth” were a brand new house that the Lord was carrying his bride over the threshold to.
Here is what a person “wearied” by God acts like.
But the people got to respond.
- The Rebuttal Of Religion (v6)
6 “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Their response is to give more sacrifices and more work. What is missing is that God doesn’t want your money He wants you. And that’s so easy… and so hard.
It’s much easier to cut God a check than it is to live for him. The hard part, the thing that will “weary” us for years is the endless, tedious, frustrating, pattern of working and working and faking a strong faith when you are very tired of doing it.
Nobody wants you to knock that off more than Jesus himself.
Those who get wearied of the Lord are the ones who really tried to work for God. They have an awful lot of time and effort devoted into what they built as a devoted Christian life. They’re important people in the church: Volunteers, teachers, missionaries, deacons, even elders and pastors. They work very hard for God and have the best of motives.
They’re weary of God. It doesn’t have to come to that you know.
How have I wearied you? Here in Micah 6, God actually gives Israel the advice they need.
We can learn these things too. First, God tells them to remember…
- The Remedy For Weariness
a. Remember what He saved you from (v4)
He brought you up and redeemed you. Has that become so common place in your life that you have forgotten? You were in slavery. John 8:34 “…Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.” He redeemed you. Not simply rescued you, redeemed you. He paid the price for you.
b. Remember what He was willing to pay to redeem you. (v4)
The image we’re supposed to see is exactly like a slave on an auction block and Jesus bought you and you were expensive.
c. Remember the people He has sent into your life to teach you the word of God (v5)
“I will not leave you as orphans; …” John 14:18. The Holy Spirit has gifted the Church with preachers and teachers that explain the Bible to us. That’s a gift to us.
Have you forgotten the wonderful miracle of being able to hold a full, complete, copy of the Word of God in your hand? In your own language? Nobody in all of human history has had as much of the word of God at their fingertips than we do right now.
d. Remember how He kept you safe. (v5)
People wanted to curse you, lie to you and seduce you. They still do.
Yet here you still are. Alive in the Lord and still walking with Him.
I hope that there will come a day in glory when we are shown how many times an angel plucked us out of “dangers, toils, and snares”. I’ll bet none of us have a clue.
Remember that keeping you safe means safe from being deceived. What Balaam advised Balak to do in Numbers 31 was to get the children of Israel to compromise and worship false gods.
Remember that you are kept safe from that.
- Religion will weary you (v6)
Religion is an exhausting way to live. God isn’t requiring more cows or token lip service. But the question doesn’t go away. “Will the Lord be pleased…?” It must have broken God’s heart to hear that? “You don’t know me at all?”
He wants you and if it comes down to your heart being right or your service, God will take your heart being right every single time. 1 Samuel 15:22 “… to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”
To obey is to remember what he told you to do. 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
He wants us to do what he told us. He just wants it to be Him doing it through us.
- Relationship is what the Lord requires
An analogy I can use is being on battery power all the time when you could be plugged in all the time. That last charge is going to run out some time.
The analogy Jesus used was a vine. John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Jesus says to be like a branch and we abide on the vine.
Ephesians 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit”. “Filled with the Spirit…” We don’t have to think of that as a glass filled with liquid.
We can think of it as the sail of a ship being filled with the wind. To be filled by God and moved where He wants us.
8 He has told you, O man what is good…”
- Do justice. Everybody here knows what justice is. It means fairness.
These people that Micah was preaching to were throwing justice out the window.
Stealing the land, charging interest to follow Jews, ignoring what God had said in His word about the land and how they treat each other.
They were not doing justice.
- Love Kindness. Your Bible may use the word “mercy” there. The word means all that.
Being kind and merciful and, not only that, loving kindness.
We all love it when someone is kind to us. How many of us love to be kind to others?
It is Christ like to be kind. Luke 6:35 35But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
Can you do that? Maybe not but He can and you will love it when he’s doing it through you.
- To walk humbly with your God
If we walk humbly with our God, we will do justice and love kindness.
The life of the child of God is described as a “walk”. It’s a daily thing. It’s a step by step thing.
And to walk “humbly” is the key to it all. The word means modest, and lowly.
That is how the Creator of the universe walked.
First John 2:6 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
But walking with God comes with more. Your heart will break over the things that break His heart. When the Lord is powering your life you will find a burden for the things that burden him.
There were people being taken advantage of, wicked people, and atrocities.
The cry of the people of God has always been, “How long O Lord? When will you stop this?”
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” “Come soon Lord Jesus.”
It boils in us. Lord when will you stop that? When will these people be held accountable?
For child abuse, and human trafficking, violence and hate, and rioting and corruption.
Vengeance is His, he will repay; but God’s Spirit comes with a righteous indignation that lives with a broken heart over what we see in the world. Don’t work wickedness in your own anger, but be comforted.
God says, “Nobody is going to get away with anything”. There’s going to be a reckoning.
- Reckoning Of The Lord (v9-16)
God’s message comes with a warning beforehand. Before anyone feels the rod of his judgment he sends a message to “hear the rod” of his judgment.
- God will not forget, “The Treasures of Wickedness.”
- wicked scales (v11)
- deceitful weights (v11)
- Violence (v12)
- Lies (v12)
- Deceit (v12)
- Works of the house of Ahab
Ahab stole the land of Naboth (1 Kings 21). His wife Jezebel had Naboth murdered. And that kind of stuff was happening all over Israel. That’s the “statutes of Omri”. Omri was Ahab’s father. That’s the “…works of the house of Ahab”.
The rich get to boot the poor off their land and over charge for food and clothing and there’s nothing the poor can do about it. God says “hear the rod”.
- Walked in their counsels
The blatant contrast is, “You won’t keep the word of God, but you’ll keep the statutes of Omri and the works of Ahab and ‘walked in their counsels’.” That is the polar opposite of “…to walk humbly with your God?”
There will be a reckoning. Keep that in mind when you watch the news. No one is getting away with anything.
Wearied of God? Don’t throw money and religious work at Him. Come to Jesus.
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
And if you ever are weary, stop and leave your gift and the altar and first be reconciled to God.
Get back on the branch.
Do not be distressed about the wickedness in the world. God knows exactly what he’s doing and there will be a reckoning. Wait for it. “Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come…” (Habakkuk 2:3)
“Walk humbly with me” not “walk in the counsel of the wicked”. Do not cheat with lies and false weights and wicked scales. Do justice. And abide in him. Abide and stay there.
Should you sin, confess and come back. Stay. Keep. And you will not be weary.
You will do what the Lord requires of you. You will not be able to stop it.