Judgment

John Koedyker

READ : Micah 1:3-7

Look! The Lord is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads the high places of the earth. (v. 3, niv)

Micah’s prophecy begins with a terrifying vision. It is a vision of the God of the universe coming down to earth to bring judgment. Israel longed for God to come judge the nations and defend his people as he so often had in the past. But their hearts must have sunk when they realized that this divine judgment was directed at them (v. 5.) Their sins were an offense to God. They angered him. Now God’s judgment means that he will come down from his heavenly sanctuary to do battle against his own people.

We often are much like the children of Israel. We read the Bible or listen to our pastor’s sermon and apply it to other people. We think, Too bad so-and-so wasn’t here today. They needed to hear that message.

The truth is we all need to listen to God’s word of judgment upon sin. The Heidelberg Catechism is right when it says that the first thing we have to know to live and die happily is “how great my sins and misery are.” We may not like what we hear, but it is the first step toward having a spiritual transformation.

PRAYER

Search me, O God, and know my heart and see if there be any wicked way in me. Amen.