Who Is Like God?

Barry Buzza June 30, 2019 The Red Thread

Big Idea: Micah, who penned the Book of Micah, often called “a miniature Isaiah”, was like Diogenes, who with his lantern, was looking for an honest man. In his search through the centuries, Micah looked ahead and saw Jesus, the Godlike one, who would ultimately triumph and show us the way back to God.

 

Micah, whose name means, “Who is like God?”, records three of his sermons:

 

Sermon #1 “The Failure of a Nation” Micah 1-3
What has happened to our nation, who has had a righteous foundation? We (Canada as well as Israel) who have had every opportunity to recognize God’s authority and be grateful, have moved far into secularism and away from God. Micah laments, “I can’t find anyone who is godlike!”

 

Tell it not in Gath; weep not at all; in Beth-le-aphrah roll yourselves in the dust. Pass on your way, inhabitants of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame; the inhabitants of Zaanan do not come out; the lamentation of Beth-ezel shall take away from you its standing place. Micah 1:10c-11

 

Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.” Therefore because of you, Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height. Micah 3:11c-12 ESV

Sermon #2 “There is coming a Godlike One” Micah 4-5
Here the prophet looks far into the future, past the invasion of Babylon, and then past our day today. He first sees Jesus, our Saviour, his birth, ministry and death. And then he sees the Last Days. The Godlike One, Jesus, is coming.

 

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2 ESV

 

And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.  Micah 5:4-5a ESV

 

Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops; siege is laid against us; with a rod they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.  Micah 5:1 ESV

 

And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. Matthew 27:28c-30 ESV

 

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths. ”For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid,
Micah 4:1-4a ESV

Sermon #3 God’s Plea to Return to Him.  Micah 6-7

The Lord pleads with His people to return and He shows them the way to Godlikeness.

 

“O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”
Micah 6:3-5 ESV

 

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”  Micah 6:6-7 ESV

 

Conclusion:  He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8 NASB

 

That is the answer we are looking for. The way back to God for us as individuals, as well as for our nation, is to pattern our life after the life of Jesus, who acts justly, shows mercy and walks humbly. Judgment is coming, but the pathway to peace with God clearly shows the steadfast love of our God.

 

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.  Micah 7:18c-19 ESV