Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Gospel According to Micah

The prophet Micah proclaimed the character of God that finds its most clear expression in the Cross of Jesus Christ. Hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, God used Micah to declare the truth of the gospel to His sinful people.

Micah is about the holy God of creation who demands punishment for sin and rebellion. Micah is about how God’s people have dishonored God by pursing 10,000 idols. Micah is about how God, in His mercy and love, has provided a way for us to be reconciled to Himself through the promised Messiah. And, Micah is about how the gospel of Jesus Christ transforms us into people who love and obey God and reflect His glorious character to all the world. This is not just the prophecy of Micah; this is the gospel according to Micah.

Throughout the book of Micah God reveals Himself to His people as:

1. The Just Judge. God is angry at His people for this sin. God promises judgment, punishment, and condemnation.

2. The Merciful Shepherd. God promises to gather His remnant, provide for them, forgive them, and rescue them.

In other words, God is very much unlike Santa Claus.

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