David Alves, one of our members, will be presenting a series of reflections on sermons given at Grace Church to aid us in considering and obeying God’s Word. Following is a reflection on the message recently preached by Tim Knotts, Sunday morning, October 4, 2015.
The writings of the prophet Micah detail the courtroom drama of God’s indictments against Israel. Residing in the southern kingdom of Judah during the divided monarchy and ministering just prior to Israel’s (the northern kingdom) fall to Assyria in 722 BC, Micah was God’s prophetic voice of both wrath and blessing to a people mired in rebellion against their covenant God. To that end, Micah’s book functions as a sort of legal document, with the prophecies serving as aspects of God’s prosecution of the wayward nation. Yet, because God is merciful and has made unbreakable promises to both Israel and the world, the prophecies contain glimmers of hope for the future—when, instead of the wicked kings who have led them into idolatry and a national and cultural life characterized by wholesale rejection of divine and covenantal authority, Israel will enjoy freeing service to the one perfect king, and be used of Him to bless the whole world during His future millennial reign. Read more