The Lord is Witness

Scripture: Micah 1:2, ‘Hear, O peoples, all of you, listen, O earth and all who are in it, that the Sovereign Lord may witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.’


Observations: Micah begins his prophecy with the word, ‘Hear.’ It’s the same word used in Deuteronomy 6:4, Israel’s statement of faith, ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord is One.’ But it’s interesting that even though Micah’s vision concerned ‘Samaria and Jerusalem, (v1)’ God addresses not Israel or Judah, but all ‘peoples,’ the ‘earth, and all who are in it.’ Even though this prophecy is about Israel and Judah, it affects everyone on earth. God wants everyone to hear what he has to say. Firstly, God has the right to speak to everyone because of is ‘the Sovereign Lord.’ In the Hebrew it’s Adonai Yahweh – ‘the lord Lord!’ The God of Israel is the lord over all the earth and over all the peoples, whether they recognize it or not. Secondly, God is a ‘witness’ against all the peoples. God sees what is done in secret, God knows their hidden intentions, God is more than familiar with their evil. And so God brings his charges against them. Thirdly, God speaks ‘from his holy temple.’ The temple is where God resides on earth. The temple is where God judges humanity. But it is also where God offers mercy and where atonement is made for humanity’s sin.


Application: God wants us to hear what he has to say. As the Sovereign Lord, he has seen our sin and we must face the consequences. God has seen into our hearts and has found us lacking. What might God see in your life that displeases him? The purpose of all the prophets was firstly to call God’s people back to God’s covenant, to lead them to repentance. It was only when God’s people ignored God’s warning did he send the prophets to announce his judgment. What things do you need to repent of? What sins do you need to confess and turn your back on? I encourage you to turn to God in faith, that through Jesus’ blood you may be cleansed of your sin, that God may see Jesus, rather than Your sin; that God may speak words of grace, rather than words of judgment.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, speak into my life that I may be convicted of my sin, and not just sin in general, but the specific ways that I have rejected Your will and done what dishonours You. Lord, soften my hard heart that I may hear You and obey. Lord, I repent of my sin and turn to Your Son, Jesus, that my sins may be forgiven. Lord, I pray that when You look upon me that You don’t see my unrighteousness, but that You see the perfect righteousness of Your Son, Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.


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