wonder found in the heart of believers when they think upon holiness of
God and His ability to forgive and to deliver from sin and its power
AIM: That we
might ever remember that we are the beneficiaries of the mercy and that
He has saved us in a manner unlike anything that man can even imagine.
Prophet Micah has long been a favorite of mine in that he manifests such
a desire for return and revival and has the Lord and His person as the
objective to be sought.
1. His lamentation at the beginning of this
chapter says much concerning the man and his burden as he expresses
desire for Gospel freshness in identity and true worship.
2. In verse
2, he witnessed the decline of men of integrity, spiritual strength and
standing with the Lord.
3. Yet, his confidence in the Lord did not
waiver as he declared that he would “look unto the Lord;” he would wait
for the “God of my salvation;” and was assured that he would be heard by
the same. (See verse 7).
Our great God is to be distinguished in many ways from all the idols of
this world and certainly from the one who is called the “god of this
world.” But, it is in the matter of pardon and redemption that He has no
comparison and that extends to His willingness to forgive, the manner in
which He applies it and the faithfulness He exhibits in His Word.
I. His incomparable will (v.18)
1. The lamentation previously
mentioned says much as to the nature of the times of the prophet and he
realized that judgment was imminent. We are thus caused to note that
precious manifestations of faith come at the most unlikely times
according to human reason.
2. While the prophet, no doubt, desired
revival he did not despair of redemption.
3. There are many thoughts
that would lead us to consider God as incomparable:
1) Consider the
demand: To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the
Holy One. Isaiah 40:25. This was said in the midst of a declaration of
2) His own assertion as to faithfulness: For I
am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
4. The amazing fact that appears to the redeemed is that
One so Holy and lifted up can forgive sins (and here we are made to
reflect on the unforgiving nature of the heathen religions).
Iniquity pardoned (to lift or to bear away) – we know it is true, but do
we understand and marvel at the connection to the divine sense of
2) That He passes by (and here we are reminded of the
3) That, distinctively different from men, His anger is
not retained (Micah’s understanding of the role of the substitute).
4) That He is able to delight in mercy and certainly does!
simple definition of divine justification should leave us amazed.
(Consider the stigma placed on an ex-convict).
incomparable acts (v. 19)
1. He will turn again
1) The thought is
that He could and certainly in a manner has turned from His people
But turning again is to return to a starting point and so we understand
restoration and redemption as an act of God turning to save His people
from their sins.
2. He will have compassion
1) That is manifest
love, care and identity
2) “This is the heart of salvation by the
suffering Servant-Messiah.” W. E. Vine
3. He will and has actively
engage in subduing our iniquities
1) First in bearing them in His
body on the tree
2) Secondly, by the work of regeneration He has
enabled a spiritual separation from them so as to not be ruled thereby.
3) Thirdly, He has, by placing the divine nature in us, engendered
hatred for sin in His people.
4. The casting of our sins into the sea
of “divine forgetfulness.”
1) He has separated our sins from us in
the sense of removing the condemnation and
2) He has removed them
from us in the sense of no longer seeing us as culpable and guilty and
corrupted. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the
earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the
east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from
us. Psalms 103:10-12.
III. His incomparable faithfulness (v. 20)
1. We remember the promise made to Abraham and confirmed to Isaac and to
Jacob: 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because
thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only
son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will
multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is
upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
because thou hast obeyed my voice. Genesis 22:16-18.
2. Micah does
not doubt the faithfulness of the Lord and neither should we.
spite of the trends we see
2) In spite of the lack of spirituality in
3. See 11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with
him, we shall also live with him: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign
with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 13 If we believe not,
yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 2 Timothy 2:11-13.