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Micah Part 20 – I Will Look Upon the Lord

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“I Will Look Unto The Lord”

Key Verses:  Micah 7:1 – 7:8

Our Day of the Lord (“that day”) does not come initially upon our hearing and understanding the Truth.  Coming to see the Lord and His Christ we are then given a brief time of silence to consolidate our understanding and prepare for the war (judgments) that are being waged.

Rev 8:1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour…

Rev 8:5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

Christ is revealed in us little by little and therefore the church of God is admonished to wait on the coming and revealing of the Lord both within us and without.  In both cases patience and endurance is needed. We wait on Him to perform His work and thru all this our faith is tested, refined and grown if we have been ordained to be faithful and move on to maturity.

Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The waiting is our enduring through our judgments and having the old man decreased and the new man, Jesus Christ, within us increased.  We will see this in Micah’s prophecy as those reading, hearing and keeping the things written herein (Rev 1:3) come to see their wretched state and then with this experience begin to rest IN FAITH (not works) and wait for the Lord to deliver us.  Here are the 8 verses for today’s study.

Mic 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

Mic 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

Mic 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

Mic 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Mic 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

As we begin this chapter, “Woe is me” as the end of the old man is in sight.  We live these words out as we come to see that we and all men are the “abomination of desolation” sitting in the Temple of God (Mat 24:15).  The lawless one, the man of sin, we are, is revealed to us.  Paul tells the church to wait and to remember that day will not come until we see this with clarity.

2Th 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Judgment is the Lord’s vehicle to show us where we stand with the Lord and exposes our sins and false doctrines.  Bringing us to see the folly and vanity of the fruits of our own labors is an integral part of the Lord’s methods.  In the Day of the Lord for all men, what I call the grace meter (Rom 5:20) is always turned up in concert with our sin.  The resulting heat creates the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) and will not fail to turn us back to Him in due time.

Mic 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first ripe fruit.

Modern day gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system and this principle are express commandments in the Law of Moses.

Lev 19:10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

God’s elect are the first to be harvested (judged) and are likened to the first fruits of the Lord (Jam 1:18).  The summer harvest is the first fruits (elect) with the main harvest (salvation of all) coming in the fall season.  As God’s elect and the first to follow our Lord as a kind of first fruit, we are given an insatiable spiritual appetite but that desire is not met at first.  A vineyard that has been gleaned is a field without fruit.

Mic 6:15 You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.

Having a zeal for the Lord’s House but without knowledge (Rom 10:2) we sow but do not reap and remain in search of the peace and the rest promised in Christ.  While we are told to seek and we shall find, there is also season where we wander seeking truth (food) but do not find it.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

This is our state of ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2Ti 3:7).  Our immaturity is quickly exposed in the days of our judgment.  When the Lord manifests evil within our own house, our immature fruit is easily shaken off the tree when judgment comes.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

Immature faith when tested will fail.  It is only through experience of good and evil that we come to a mature man and learn to build properly on the Rock.  It will take us a perfect and complete (seven times) number of failures and getting back up to prove worthy to the Lord’s Name.  Through the ongoing chastening we learn as we, the righteous men of God, get back up seven times (Pro 24:16).  Bringing us to our wits ends requires the land to be made desolate and for there to be found no fruit.  The fruit we eat spiritually that grows and matures us comes only after we have endured (Heb 12:11).

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Mic 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

All men will live these words. All flesh will die and then be judged.  Only the chosen few are given to experience this now.  We see the depravity of all flesh and as the Lord can now say:

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

All men of the flesh are spiritually speaking natural born hunters who hunt in the world.

Gen 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Flesh will automatically go to the world (the field) for their meat and not to the Lord and His Christ.  Even after having been given all the gifts and knowledge we still merchandise, play the harlot and seek to kill Christ within us and without.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not

Isa 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

The greater damnation (Mat 23:14) is the greater judgment (more stripes) that will come upon you and me, who know what to do and do not do it.  So, it will be with all men in due time.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

All men succumb to the 200 million lies of the harlot.  Those lies become the nets by which all men are caught and become the false gods and works of our hands that we worship before the coming of Christ.

 Hab 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore, they rejoice and are glad.

Hab 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.

When Christ calls we are told to drop those nets and follow Him.

Mic 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up [H5686]

Mic 7:4 The best of them is as a brier [H2312]: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

The prince and the judge are both us in this apostate stage.  Seeking reward, we pick and choose, add and subtract from the Word; thinking way above what is written “we wrap it up”.  The KJV translation of wrap it up is a long way of saying we pervert the Word of the Lord.

 H5686, ‛âbath, aw-bath’

A primitive root; to interlace, that is, (figuratively) to pervert: – wrap up.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

It is our seeking reward as Micah says that is the root of this perversion.  The reward seeking beast who thinks of his self-righteousness as righteousness will have that righteousness removed.  The same Woe in Micah are the woes Mike is covering in Isaiah chapter 5.

Isa 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isa 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Briars and thorns spiritually represent lies and false doctrines which pervert the Word and those lies sting us spiritually in due time.

 H2312, chêdeq, khay’-dek

From an unused root meaning to sting; a prickly plant: – brier, thorn

Briars do the same thing the locust do, they sting us.

Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Isa 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

There is no lie in the Truth and best and most right sounding is still a lie. When the Lord brings judgment that opens our eyes, we go through a period of great perplexity as our light is all turned into darkness by the coming of the Truth in our heavens.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

This hedge built upon lies and false doctrines keeps us in a false peace and security thinking we have already arrived (and not fearing the Lord) is shattered in the day of our visitation (1Th 5:3).  Our looking to the Lord, the coming of the watchmen and our day of visitation are all one and the same thing.  The Lord works through and lives in His people.  It is His Body that speaks the Words that bring judgment to those prepared to hear it. Faith cometh by hearing and that via Words spoken by Christ.  An ambassador is sent among the heathen.

Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Mat 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

The Lord creates both the deceived and those doing the deceiving (Job 12:16).  The hedge is also put there by the Lord and only the Lord takes it away in due time (Job 1:10-12).  The Lord is in the business of separating a people unto Himself (Deu 7:6, 2Co 6:17).  The next few verses speak to that separating process and our maturing into the narrow way.

Mic 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Come out of her my people (Rev 18:4) is a cry only spiritual ears are hearing.  We hear this frequently on the way to maturity as we have to be taught to build only on the Rock and judge only based on that same Word.  That is what possessing true scales and weights refers to as we looked at in Part 19.  Verse 5 is telling us to put no confidence in the flesh, yours, mine or anyone’s.  Doing s0, makes us an evil worker and it is committing spiritual adultery with the harlot.

Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

We have to guard the doors and gateways into our hearts to ensure that what we put in them is not defiled.  A little leaven makes the spiritual food poison so we have to inspect, and examine what we eat and how we are judging.  We only have one way to do that and that is the plumb line, the Word of God.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets (and their lies) are gone out into the world.

Amo 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

We must remember how few is the “few chosen” that make of God’s elect.  Not many people, in fact extremely few, a minutia of a minutia have the Truth and speak it.  Many deceivers have gone into the world and the Lord is going to try our faith and test us to see if we will be faithful to the end.  We learn to judge all things on the spiritual scale of the Scriptures.  We must beware the leaven of the Pharisees within and without us.

Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Our family in Christ are the true friends, the precious few, who are of like mind and strive to obey ALL the Lord’s Words.  These are the disciples indeed wherein is found safety in a multitude of counselors.  Christ shows us who our family is, it is the Body of Christ.

Mat 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

The next verse is the basis for some well-known Scriptures and Words of our Lord.

Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Christ tells His disciples what His coming to them will bring about.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

I added in verse 34 of Matthew to make the point that this intra-family battle is the result of the sword that is now abiding on the house of God (1Co 3:16).  War in heaven is taking place.  Judgment is on the House of God and there is a battle for the heart and mind of the new man.

2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

We, being an unfaithful harlot, have had many husbands before we meet the real Christ at the well of living water and begin to drink thereof of our judgment (John 4:18).  We all have committed spiritual adultery and taking another man’s wife like King David did with Uriah.  Reaping what we sow, the Lord pronounces judgment upon us in our day.

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour,

Our former friends and members of our carnally minded households have now become enemies of the cross and by extension our enemy who persecute us and seek to kill Christ.

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Salvation requires man to endure great suffering and persecution and that is especially painful when it is from our own families. Many come into this fellowship and walk in the truth but are not given to endure to the end and they fall away because of the persecution that arises typically from their physical families.

Mat 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Becoming the Lord’s kings and priests, and the instruments by which He will save all mankind is indeed a high calling.  Yet that high calling comes with equally high costs that none of us are willing to pay without Christ dragging us there. It might just cost us everything and we need to be willing to pay it.

Luk 18:28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

Luk 18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,

Luk 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

But knowing the truths we have learned in our judgment process and understanding the plan of God for salvation for His sons first and then ultimately all men, we begin to count tribulation and persecution as a blessing.

1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Jam 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jam 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jam 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Here are the final two verses for our study.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Having learned righteousness (Truth) by our judgment, we can now look to the Lord. We have seen ourselves as the harlot and the abomination causing desolation defiling His Temple. Seeing ourselves as the chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15), we are being brought to repentance (Rom 2:4, Psa 90:3). Henceforth we will look to the Lord and to His Christ for wisdom and counsel.

We have been taught to judge righteously and we know that of ourselves we can do no good thing.  We have and are continuing to be taught patience and know we must wait on the Lord to perform His work in us all the while we strive and labor in faith.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

We have and continue to learn (maturing in truth) via the ongoing war with our flesh (Gal 5:17).  Knowing of this struggle and that we are not in it alone, we have a Body to cast our cares upon gives us hope for what we cannot yet see.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

As mature men of God, we know the ups and downs will come in our walk.  When we fall we will arise quickly (Pro 24:16).  When we find ourselves in darkness, we know where to find Christ, who is the light of this world and the lamp to our walk of faith (Psa 119:105).

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The Spirit of God is with us and there is no escape.  Through thick and thin, the periods of light or darkness, the Lord is with us.

Psa 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Next week Lord willing, we will see the Lord moving through the nations and pardoning the inequity of His people and performing the Word He promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Sincere questions and comments welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  A servant in Christ,  Pete

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