MICAH 1:1-4:13 | REVELATION 6:1-17 | PSALM 134:1-3 | PROVERBS 30:1-4
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Micah is one of many prophets who has the thankless job of telling the people of Israel the same thing that so many others before him and even after him, do. We enter today the book that bears his name.
Essentially, Micah is saying: repent from your evil ways, turn to the Lord your God who has done great things for you in the past, love him and no other, and so on and so forth.
It must have been quite tiresome for both the prophet and the people. But in all this, there is one thing that strikes me as quite remarkable: God doesn’t seem to give up on these people too easily. He persists in two things: sending a clear message to repent, but also assuring them that he will take them back when they do!
This is quite a phenomenon, don’t you think? This is an account of a zealous God who pursues a people and is prepared to take them back again and again. There is something distinctively non-human about this characteristic. To assure a sinful and stubborn people of His utmost love and caring by way of saying this:
12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in its pasture;
the place will throng with people.
I stand amazed at a God who seeks a personal relationship with each person!
Turning now to our reading in the book of Revelations, we find the account of the opening of the seals is the stuff fantasy movies are made of. The Day of Judgement is both an awesome and fearsome one.
In the Psalm for the day, we find David, the psalmist, exhorting his people to worship in this way. He says:
1 Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD
who minister by night in the house of the LORD.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the LORD.
Lift up your hands! Don’t be ashamed!
Finally, the verses in Proverbs seem to almost echo the sentiment of John, the writer of the book of Revelations. Solomon, wise king of Israel, says:
2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
3 I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
I would venture a guess: His name is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.
Later somewhere in the Revelations, I think we’ll encounter that verse, the exact verbiage for which is:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word. Amen.