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Micah’s hope

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I have been reading through the blue letter bible online, and the daily reading today was the book of Micah.  Oddly as I read through the book I realized the world Micah lived through is not too far off where we are today – a world filled with wickedness, adultery and every imaginable sin directed against God.  We have set up idols, and placed them in prominence in our lives – perhaps even this economic crisis our nation faces is as a result of setting it as an idol.  So micah heard the word of judgement, and the promise that wickedness would not prosper.  But the book closes with several verses that shine a blazing light on hope:

15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous [things].
16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay [their] hand upon [their] mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.
18 Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardons iniquity. ” God stands along in his ability and passion for his creation.  While the world of Micah’s day continued in sin and disregard to God there was a hope that this sin was not completely overtaking the entire world.  God had set aside a remnant of his people that he would forgive, and to whom he would pardon. 

Micah had the privilege of seeing God’s marvelous works unfold before him.  He was allowed to not only see the sin and wickedness, but the reconciliation and repentance of a people, and the grace and mercy of our great God and King.   While we must repent, the majority of these actions are that of God himself:

  • He created a reminant of people
  • He pardons
  • He passes by transgression
  • He retains not his anger
  • He delights in mercy
  • He turns again
  • He has compassion
  • He subdues our iniquities
  • He casts our sins into the sea
  • He swore (covenanted) with our fathers

When the world runs wild with sin, injustice, and inequality lets remember that if we are bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, and we are saved by his shed blood that we are that reminent, set apart for God.  I need to remember this and I need so desperately to run to Him and seek his mercy and grace daily. 

Lord, Thank you for the book of Micah.  Thank you that while nothing is new under the sun, we know that your grace and mercy are new each day.  Thank you that you have promised to not leave us helpless.  Thank you that you have not remained angry with us forever, but you are the author of compassion and you will subdue the iniquities we wrestle with.  Keep us near you and far from sin.  Amen.

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Written by Barbara Bloom

September 25, 2008 at 1:01 PM

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