Message Monday 11/17/14 – Prophet: Repentance & Restoration

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

“Who is a god like you, who forgives sin and pardons the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy.
You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins under foot,
and hurl our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
You will be true to Jacob and will show mercy to Abraham,
just as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago.”
(Micah 7:18-20)

In this final passage in the Prophet Micah’s message to Israel, he begins with a statement about God that he has known his entire life. You see, his Hebrew name, Micah, means “who is like the Lord?” This beautiful verse of forgiveness and restoration is what he wants his people to remember about their God. He ruins them for their sin (Micah 6:13), but only to bring about repentance in them so he can show them mercy and restore them to a right relationship with himself, with each other, and to a good life.

How have you experienced what Israel experienced–the destructiveness of your own sin, God’s allowing you to endure the painful consequences of your sin, your “wake up call” and repentance, God’s mercy and forgiveness, and then his restoration of your life?

Think about how the conclusion of Micah’s message above has been true for you. Indeed, who is like the Lord?

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