Saturday, April 5, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 61 Friday

Micah chapter 7

It is a solemn picture that Micah paints. The good man is perished out of the earth: there is none upright among men! The princes and judges require a bribe before they make their decision and everyone does evil with both hands! Trust no one. Not even your spouse. A man's enemies are the people living in his own house.

The book ends with Micah's prayer and psalm of praise: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgressions of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Does God issue any commands?

  • Let the people feed in Bashan and Carmel again as in the days of old when they were fed by the rod. (verse 14)

Does God make any promises?

  • The land would be desolate because of the sin of the people. (verse 13)
  • God promised to show Israel marvelous things just like He did when He brought their forefathers out of Egypt. Even their enemies will be astonished. (verses 15-17)

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Because the "good man" is perished out of the earth, The Good Man had to perish for the earth!
  • Jesus is the God of Micah's salvation. (verse 7)
  • Jesus is the light. (verse 8)
  • Jesus is Micah's advocate and intercessor. (verse 9)

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Like Micah, we shall behold His righteousness. (verse 9)
  • The enemies of the righteous who asked, "Where is your God?" will see Him.(verse 10)
  • When the walls are built (of the New Jerusalem?) He (God?) shall come from Assyria and from fortified cities and from the fortress even to the river and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. (verse 12)
  • The days are coming when all the promises made to Abraham and Jacob will be fulfilled. (verses 14-20)

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