Also, read about God’s compassion to sinful people, one of the prophecies concerning Jesus’ birth, and the sins that permeate our society?
Micah 4 & 5
Sweet Anticipation, Yet …
9 So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.”
And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.”
10 Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 11 And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”
How bittersweet the revelation John was shown. There was the sweet anticipation of God’s promises: His protection, the removal of His church before the beginning of the Tribulation, and ultimately His return and millennial reign. But there was also the bitterness of His judgment on those who refuse Him. We should be grieved over the rejecters of Christ and their eternal separation from Him.
Today’s Other Readings:
Birthplace of the King
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting” (Mic.5.2)
The Lord Full of Compassion
8 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion,
Slow to anger and great in mercy.
9 The LORD is good to all,
And His tender mercies are over all His works.
Just as we saw in the book of Jonah, God is full of compassion and mercy for His creation. He is not a hateful God, trying to keep everyone He can out of heaven, but a loving Savior, who stands ready to forgive and save!
Even warnings of coming judgment are intended to bring repentance and forgiveness. In fact, if you have been reading through the Old Testament this past year, you have seen how He extends mercy to the worst of the worst giving them every opportunity to repent and change.
Sins that Permeate Our Society
11 There is a generation that curses its father,
And does not bless its mother.
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
Yet is not washed its filthiness.
13 There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords,
And whose fangs are like knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth,
And the needy from among men.
As John MacArthur points out, “certain sins can uniquely permeate a whole society or time period.” Sadly, many of those listed here characterize our generation: disrespect toward parents, calling sin enlightenment, sexual immorality, and pride, just to name a few.
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