Judgment, mercy, and hope don’t seem like they should be in the same sentence. We like to hear about mercy and hope because they sound positive. We have a negative opinion of judgment and try to avoid it at all costs. Yet, we desire justice. Even very young children know when something is unfair. God sends judgment to bring justice.
Micah Warned of Judgment
The wealthy elite of Micah’s day found ways to make themselves richer. Micah 2:1What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans. You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out, simply because you have the power to do so. God saw the evil and knew what those unjust wealthy people were doing. God desired to be merciful to the helpless poor and warned the rich to change their ways.
Micah would call these people out. Micah 3:8 But as for me, I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord. I am filled with justice and strength to boldly declare Israel’s sin and rebellion. Unfortunately, similar things continue to happen today because we live in a sinful world. But we can be assured that God still sees and is merciful. That gives us hope.
Micah Gave Hope of a Messiah to Come
During a time of injustice and rebellion against God, Micah knew there would be a Savior. He didn’t know when Messiah would come, but God had promised that one would come to redeem. Micah 4:10bBut the Lord will rescue you there; he will redeem you from the grip of your enemies.
And as God gave this hope because of His mercy, He made a surprising announcement. This Savior wouldn’t be born in Jerusalem but in a small, obscure village. Micah 5:2But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel, whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf.
This hope was Jesus, who was born as a baby and placed in a manger. He would grow, have a three-year ministry, and then die on the cross. His blood sacrifice pays the price for our sins as we trust Him. Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope of life eternal with Him.
We can be sure that God still operates in judgment, mercy, and hope. To find out more, listen here: