(SERMON BY ANDREW ALLISON)
So much of Micah feels heavy. But heavy is honest and life is tough.
The reality is that Micah’s nation is going down. The enemy’s army is surrounding the city and they are going to strike Israel’s ruler.
A baby born in Bethlehem – not Jesus. It’s David, “whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (vs. 2) He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord and in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. (vs. 4) He will be their peace. (vs. 5) A new reign. A new justice. True justice.
The solution. Enter Jesus.
And the remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples. (vs.8) Jesus, who is God, comes to earth. Israel was used to thinking of itself but when Jesus is born, it’s much bigger – like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass. (vs 7) – for the purpose of nourishing.
Can you see that has happened? This dew has come here – in a cornfield and around the world. What Jesus has started can’t be stopped. God puts it this way – Like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes and no one can rescue. (vs8)
His plan is different than our plan. He will be our peace – not from the world.
His rescue. His way.
God is going to destroy everything that brings glory to itself. We will no longer worship the works of our hands.
You either trust Jesus or you trust yourself.
Out of love, He will destroy those things we take confidence in and bare it all on Himself.
There is no peace in longing for things that don’t matter.
Verse 15 sounds like an angry God but what did happen? Jesus took revenge on Himself. He bore the punishment of the disobedience of the nations. When He went to the cross, he destroyed all that we depend on to make our lives work.
Now we trust Him – the heart and the start of life.