Micah 7:14-20 (NIV) 14 Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in days long ago.
On verse 14: Previously Micah focused on the rod of God’s discipline (Micah 6:9), but now Micah ends his book by talking about the staff of God’s tender leadership. Here Micah prays and invites God to shepherd His people. He describes God’s people as a flock living “by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands”, meaning that God has assigned a special and exclusive place for His people filled with blessings. The glory that His sheep will enjoy will be like in Israel’s most glorious days of old.
What can we learn from this? God is a shepherd who disciplines with His rod and who tenderly leads with His staff. When we follow our Shepherd, He leads us to an ancient place of blessing that we could never get to ourselves. You’re always best off following your Shepherd.
Micah 7:15-17 (NIV) 15 “As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders.” 16 Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their power. They will lay their hands on their mouths and their ears will become deaf. 17 They will lick dust like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. They will come trembling out of their dens; they will turn in fear to theLORD our God and will be afraid of you.
On verses 15-17: In the book of Exodus, God humbled the powerful nation of Egypt and showed that not even the most powerful nation was any match for Him. Micah perceives that God will do the same again with other powerful nations of the earth, showing that God alone is truly sovereign and powerful.
What can we learn from this? No matter how powerful a person, group or nation thinks they are, they are no match for the Lord, who is all powerful.
Micah 7:18-20 (NIV) 18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. 20 You will be true to Jacob, and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago.
On verses 18-20: The book of Micah begins by talking about how Jacob (Israel) sinned against God (Micah 1:5), but it ends here by talking of God’s faithfulness and mercy toward Jacob. This is what makes the God of the Bible unique from every other god, religion, and philosophy you can study. Every other religion and philosophy is all about how we can reach God or become God through our own effort and ability. But a big theme of Micah and a big theme that pervades the entire Bible, both Old and New Testament, is that while we could never reach God on our own, in His incredible mercy God reached for us, gives us grace and offers us a restoration that we could never earn or deserve. Though God is holy and hates our sin, He is also forgiving and compassionate, treading out sins underfoot when Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave.
These three final verses of Micah are some of the most beautiful verses and form one of the best summaries of the Gospel you will find in the Old Testament. It’s not about how good we are, but how good God is. Through Jesus Christ, judgment gives way to mercy, and wrath gives way to forgiveness. Micah is right in asking the question, “Who is a God like you?” (v18)
Heavenly Father, who is like You? No one. There is no one who comes close to matching Your love, faithfulness, mercy, compassion and grace. Thank You so much for being a God of such incredible grace, for showing me grace and mercy every day of my life though I never deserved it. I praise You for being my Shepherd, my incomparable One, the One whose word is true, the One who keeps His promises, and the One who with compassion and great grace restores me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!
This brings our look at the book of Micah to a close. Take a look back and see if you can name the most important lessons you learned from this book. Praise God for His powerful Word!