I will be finishing up my Bible study in the book of Micah next week. As always, God’s word is living and breathing and sharper than a two edged sword. We have delved into the prophecy from Micah, and as other prophecies in the Old Testament, it goes from God’s indignation to God’s adherence to his covenant.
In chapter 2 verse 4-5, Micah states “in that day one shall take up a proverb against you, and lament with a bitter lamentation, saying we are utterly destroyed! He has changed, the heritage of my people; how he has removed it from me! To a turncoat he has divided our fields. Therefore you will have no one to determine boundaries by lot in the assembly of the Lord.” Micah is stating here that God would take the property rights from those who had seized them illegally and give them to people who are even more reprobate than they were.
In chapter 5 verse 2, Micah prophesies about the coming Messiah. He says, “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 has a word of comfort in chapter 7 verses 8-9. He says “do not rejoice over me, my enemy, when I fall, I will rise, when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring the forth to the light, I will see his righteousness.” Do you have someone to plead your case and execute justice for you? For me it’s Jesus Christ. When I come before the judgment seat, God will not see my sins, he will see what Christ did to pay for my sins. His death allows me to live forever.
What is an advocate, or one who pleads my case? An advocate is one who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court. If you would like to learn more about how Jesus Christ can be your advocate and what he does for us please,read 2 Corinthians 5:9-11, 1 John 2:1, Isaiah 53:12, Romans 8:26, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, Matthew 11:27-29, John 14:25-28, and Jeremiah 33:3.
Micah finishes in 7:18 saying “who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgressions of the remnant of his heritage?” You and I are his heritage. Do you have Jesus as your advocate? If you would like to learn more about how to have a personal relationship with Jesus, I encourage you to go to http://peacewithgod.net or http://needhim.org. Developing a relationship with Jesus will be the best thing you ever did for yourself. It is a very simple process, and yet it is not easy.
We have to admit we are sinners, believe the work Jesus did on the cross, and confess our sins before our loving Daddy (who knows them already). You can pray the following prayer to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, Amen.” (http//peacewithgod.net)