Today is Day 70 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
We did it! We’ve reached the New Testament! Can you believe that it’s taken us 2 1/2 months to blow through the Old Testament and now we have just under 3 weeks to rock the New Testament? Unbelievable! Now to catch you up on the last few minor prophets before we move into New Testaments blogs…
Micah was a prophet to Judah, although some of his prophecies pertained to Israel as well. His name means “Who is like Jehovah?” and his ministry seemed to ask (and answer) that question as well. He even asks that question…
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.” – Micah 7:18
Of course that verse and the meaning of his name are both rhetorical questions: there is NO ONE like God! He is unmatched in His greatness, mercy, and displays of love.
Micah, like his contemporary, Isaiah, wasn’t scared to say it how it is. When God gave him a word to say, he said it with boldness, calling out moral corruption, idolatry, false prophets, and more. Although King Uzziah’s son, Jotham, was a Godly king, God’s people never really got back on track, Ahaz led them further away, and even king Hezekiah couldn’t restore them to where they should have been.
Mixed with Micah’s message of condemnation on sin and idolatry was the tender, loving side of God that almost always came after rebuke.
“He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” – Micah 7:19
Although serious punishment was still ahead for Judah, so was restoration and forgiveness.
The same may be true for you. Divinely mixed with God’s justice is His mercy. Although we deserve and sometimes receive God’s chastisement, it’s always with a view to forgive and restore! He LOVES to show His love for you!
One of the most quoted Messianic prophecies comes from the book of Micah. The wise men mentioned it in Matthew 2…
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.” – Micah 5:2
God began telling His people that the Messiah was coming thousands of years before He ever came! This is just one of many examples that let them know that God still had some tricks up His sleeve. Bethlehem wasn’t much (“you are little among the thousands of Judah”), but God chose that city to be the birthplace of God in human flesh!
You may not feel like much either, but don’t count yourself out. God has big plans to forgive, restore, and use you to revive those around you. Be faithful and speak up!