August 5, 2007
by Michael Gilbert
Even after all the sins of the children of Israel, God was still willing to forgive them. What a great God!
The prophet Micah prayerfully, tearfully, and passionately exposed the sins of Israel which included (1) idolatry (1:7), (2) evil minds (2:1), (3) covetousness (2:2), (4) refusing to hear the word of God (2:6), (5) despising fellow man (2:2), (6) corrupt government officials (3:1-4), (7) toleration of false teachers, and (8) hypocrisy (3:11). Despite all the sins of Israel, God still offered them salvation…but it would be on His terms, not theirs.
God’s terms included at least four things: (1) repentance of sins (6:6-8), (2) the Lord’s House (4:1-2), (3) the Bethlehem babe (5:2), and (4) these things would be a fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham (7:20). God’s terms really are no different for those under the New Covenant for which Christ died (Mt. 26:28).
Repentance of sins. God has commanded “…all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:31). Jesus taught us, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:3)
The Lord’s House. Paul taught that the house of God is the church (1 Tm. 3:15), and the apostles taught that saved people are added to the church, which is the body of Christ (Acts 2:47; Eph. 1:22-23).
The Bethlehem Babe. The baby Jesus grew to manhood, and “became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8). Paul wrote, “…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
God’s Promise to Abraham. All this was to fulfill Genesis 12:1-3 (Gal. 3:29).