Dr. David Rose, Pastor
Friday, July 30, 2021—Micah 5-7
A drive through the Rocky Mountains is a breathtaking experience. The majestic, snow-capped peaks. The steep drop offs. The winding roads. They all produce a sense of wonder. The drive can be a bit disorienting as well. From a distance, some of the mountains seem adjacent, but on closer inspection, the viewer realizes they are miles apart.
Micah was giving a view of the future to his people that was breathtaking. In the near future, they were going to face the judgment of God at the hand of the Assyrians and the Babylonians. Also in the future, God was going to send a savior from the tiny town of Bethlehem Ephrathah (5:2) who would bring the people peace (5:5).
That mountaintop experience was on a mountain in the distant future. Before that, they would go through the valley of judgment (6:13-16). Their failure to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly (6:8) made them wicked, violent, and unjust. God was going to give them over to their sin, but that valley would give way to the day when God Himself would plead the case of His people (7:9). The enemies who mocked God and His people will experience the judgment of God and be filled with shame (7:10).
Micah was amazed at this truth (7:18-19). Who is a God like Yahweh who does not stay angry forever? What God delights in showing compassion and casting His people’s sins into the depths of the sea? Praise God for being just, faithful, patient, and victorious.