Micah: Warnings and Hope

Like Amos, Micah speaks to Israel about the coming judgment of the people.  His ministry began in 740BC.  By 722 BC, the Assyrians take Israel into captivity. With every prophesy, God always give a warning. But, He also gives a promise. He is a just God, but also a merciful God. God’s word always has a message, and although Micah may be speaking to Israel, all of us need to take note. What He teaches one people are words for all people. The words of more than 2000 years ago still apply today.

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It is Finished

 

The work is done.  All is accomplished.  The sacrifice was made.  The penalty was paid.  We have been reconciled and redeemed.  All is forgiven.  The purpose of Jesus’ ministry and the cross comes down to this moment.  It is finished.  No longer are we separated from God.  No longer is there a need for sacrifice.  Our sins are wiped away.  Nothing we can do can earn that.  Jesus Christ did it all for you and me.  He gave us grace and mercy.  He gave us the faith.  We just need to believe and trust in Him. Continue reading “It is Finished”

You Will Be With Me in Paradise

It is not too late to be forgiven.  The thief on the cross asked Jesus for forgiveness hours before his death and He granted it.  He realized his sin, confessed it before God, and repented.  He knew there was nothing he could do to earn it.  Only by trusting in Jesus.  And that is what he did.  Jesus offers everyone a chance.  We are all like these thieves.  We are all guilty.  The question is which thief do you want to be?

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Watching for the Day

Are you watching?  Do you know what to watch for? What are we looking for?  Why should we watch?  There will be a day when God will judge the earth.  Sounds scary, doesn’t it?  There will be seven years of tribulation that will be really bad here on earth.  Not the most encouraging news we could hear.  But, there will also be a day when God makes all things new.  When Jesus returns and takes us home.  When there will be no more tears, or sorrow or pain, no more disease or death.  No more evil.  For those of us who trust in Jesus and are children of God, it will be a glorious, wonderful occasion when we will be in His presence.  That is why we watch.  With anticipation.  Not with fear, but excitement! Continue reading “Watching for the Day”

Jesus reaffirms Covenant with Abraham

Before Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah, God appeared to Him in person.  The scriptures speak of God speaking to him, but in Genesis chapter 18, He appears to Him.  Is this Jesus?  He is not described as “The Angel of the Lord” but it is clearly the Lord.  In the chapter before this, God speaks to Abraham of the covenant, that He would have a son when Abraham is 100 years old.  God tells him that the covenant is not through Ishmael, the child born through their own efforts by the bondwoman, Hagar, but would be through the child born of God, by a miracle, through Sarah, who is well beyond her years of childbirth. Continue reading “Jesus reaffirms Covenant with Abraham”