Of all the books that I have written studies on, this one was the least familiar book to me. And now – my view is that it is a very overlooked book in which all Christians need to spend more time.
The book of Micah is a book of the Word of the Lord. Declarations. Judgments. Promises. Everything the Lord said through Micah is true and trustworthy.
We studied the last words of the Lord (Micah 7:18-20) which are beautiful, comforting, and amazing as He promises to pardon sin and pass over rebellion, but we won’t know how critical and how meaningful they are unless we recognize how disastrous sin is.
The whole book of Micah makes it clear that the consequences of sin are horrible. That’s why the grace and mercy are so amazing. Sin is unrestrained and excessive, but God’s justice and mercy are limitless and extravagant.
Every one of us has committed gross sin.
There are some sins that you have not actually committed, but James 2:10 says “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”
Consider the sins that you have committed.
Are you sickened by them?
Are you grieved and burdened by them?
Do you want to get rid of them?
Praise God… He made the way… and that’s what the promise of Micah 7:18-20 celebrates…
Micah 7:18-20 18 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. 19 He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. 20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
THIS IS GOD’S RESPONSE TO SIN. WOW.
Who is a God like our God? He saw every sinful action and attitude of every Israelite, and He sees every sinful action and attitude of every individual on earth today. His offer of forgiveness and salvation is available to everyone.
Isaiah 53:6-7 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
During Jesus’ death on the cross, God placed all our iniquity on Him and placed all His wrath toward our iniquity on Jesus.