The Replay of Micah 1:8-16

How should one respond to the sin they see in their land, the sin they commit themselves and the sin which underlies all of life?  Micah teaches us how – weep and wail and pray.  Mourn the sin we see and then repent of it.  John the Baptist taught the same thing, so did the prophets and the law and ultimately the apostles as emissaries of Christ.

Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 26:20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

Rev. 2:5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

And so Micah bids us to consider if we have repented of our sin?  Have we repented of our trust in human power and might for protection?  Are we sad and mournful that we seek beauty instead of Christ?  Does it bring us grief that deception is ingrained in us from youth and we think we can hide our sin from God and others?  These are just a few of the things Micah’s prayer poem bring to the surface in his magnificent play on the names of the cities which will be destroyed in the coming invasion.

Are we mourning our sin?  If not, Micah’s message of judgment continues to stand in effect to all those alive today.  The apostle John reminds us,

Rev. 16:9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

Revelation paints a picture of judgment not very different than that of Micah’s upon those who refuse Christ and his message.  Instead of being judged, let us repent and mourn our sin and seek his power to change.

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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