Micah’s Amazing Conclusion

September 3, 2008 at 10:25 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, God's Love | Leave a comment

Micah concludes his prophecy with some amazing words.  They are amazing because Micah seems so negative.  The section headings in the book include things like “Judgment Against Samaria and Jerusalem,”  “Weeping and Mourning,”  “Leaders and Prophets Rebuked,” and “The LORD’s Case Against Israel.”  The last of those is a section using a colorful metaphor of the courtroom to tell of Israel’s sin and coming punishment.  Over a century later, Micah was still known for his promised destruction of Jerusalem.  When Jeremiah was arrested and threatened with death because of his prophecies against Jerusalem, some of the elders stepped up and basically said, “Micah of Moresheth prophesied the same thing, and King Hezekiah didn’t put him to death.”  (See Jeremiah 26)

Yet not everything in Micah is negative.  There is the promise of the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem (probably what Micah is most famous for today – See 5:1-4).  There are great words like “He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (6:8)  But the conclusion is what stands out to me as such an amazing statement of God’s character.  Listen to these incredible words of God’s love and mercy:

“Who is a God like you?  You take away guilt; you forgive the sins of the remnant of your people.  You do not let your anger rage forever, for to be merciful is your true delight!  Once more you will show us your compassion and wash away our guilt, casting our sins into the depth of the sea.” (Micah 7:18-19)  WOW that is a great statement of our incredible God!  May you too experience his incredible mercy and forgiveness.

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