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Remember Balak and Balaam (5 of 14)
Micah 6:1-8; 2:11; 3:11
INTRO: How much of our walk with God is spent trying to bribe God? Humans have this funny way of dealing with doing wrong; we will try and do some other good thing to soothe our conscience and atone for our sins when we have done something wrong. We attempt to buy God's favor when we feel desperate, hoping to make up for some sin we don't really want to deal with or acknowledge, etc.
ILLUS: LIKE THE MAN IN GASTONIA, N.C. WHO BROKE INTO AN APARTHENT TO ROB IT - HOPING TO SOOTHE HIS CONSCIENCE AND APPEAR LIKE HE WASN'T SO BAD AFTER ALL HE PROCEEDED TO WASH ALL THE DISHES LEFT IN THE SINK, HE THEN MOPPED THE KITCHEN FLOOR, SCRUBBED THE BATHROOM NEXT - AND THEN EVEN REARRANGED THE FURNITURE FOR A MORE PLEASANT LOOK; THEN HE STOLE THE STEREO AND EVERYTHING ELSE OF VALUE IN THE HOME! HIS GOOD DEED HELPED HIM FEEL HE COULD OVERLOOK HIS SINS! - SOURCE UNKNOWN
We grew up bribing our parents when we wanted something or to atone for something we had done wrong, bribing teachers when we needed something, and sometimes we attempted to bribe God - but God cannot be bribed and we need to learn that His love is given freely!
We would all be better off if we learned to have an honest relationship with God, when we sin we simply confess it, when God asks of us something to simply do it because it is right and it honors God, and not to try and move God to do some favor for us through bribery!
PROP. SENT: Balak and Balaam's error was that they thought God's blessings and curses could be bought for a price! The tragedy in Micah's day was that Israel was attempting to do the same thing with God that Balak and Balaam had tried many years earlier, a tactic that proved to be a horrible failure and had thus kept Israel from a revival!
I. THE ''HEARTBREAK'' OF THE ISSUES! Micah 6:1-5; 2:11; 3:11
A. Prophets of Profit! Micah 6:1-3; 2:11; 3:11
1. Israel (here mostly Judah) ha ...
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