Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Micah (Bible in 90 Days)

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The book of Micah provides a very true and honest depiction of God. Micah describes a God who hates sin with a fiery passion, but continues to love the sinner.

Micah spends a lot of time describing God’s judgment on Israel and Judah and lists their many despicable sins. He promises God’s judgment will come.

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Amidst doom and despair, Micah also speaks of God’s love and mercy. To those who faithfully walk beside God and choose good, they will be eternally rewarded.

“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

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Micah also predicts the role of a Savior:
“Your leader will breakout and lead you out of exile, out through the gates of enemy cities, back to your own land. Your king will lead you; the Lord himself will guide you.” Micah 2:13

Not only does Micah say that God will lead his people out of the hands of the enemy, but he goes on to predict where the Messiah will be born:
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.” Micah 5:2

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God is one of action; he punishes sin and encourages love. To those who chose to walk faithfully beside him, he rewards with eternal life with him.
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