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GOD PARDONS

God spoke through the prophet Micah concerning how
horrendous sin is.  Israel was a mess.  Idolatry reigned
in Israel. At the time of Micah, the Creator was not
worshiped by the nation but the god of self and the god
of superstition were worshiped.

This may not sound too serious to some, but idolatry
caused the prophet, Micah, to mourn for his country. He
said, “I must lament and wail, I must go barefoot and
naked” (Micah 1:8). To go barefoot was considered
"going naked" in Micah's day.  It was a physical
statement that something horrible had happened.
Today, someone might wear a black arm band to signify
the same thing.

The first three chapters speak about the sin of Israel.
Then chapters 4 and 5 are a prophecy of the coming
Messiah. The final two chapters are a conversation
between God and Micah.

In this conversation, Micah closes with a wonderful
comfort for all of humanity. He says, “who is a God like
you, who pardons iniquity”. First, it is noteworthy here
that the writer's name – Micah – actually means “Who
is like God?”.  In chapter 7:18, Micah says that God is
the one who pardons .  A "pardon" is an "exemption of
a convicted person from the penalties of an offense or
crime by the power of the executor of the laws."  God is
the Executor of Universal Laws.  We are guilty, but he
removes us from a place of punishment for our sins.

God have dealt with the sin issue with humanity.  “He
(God) rescued us from the domain of darkness, and
transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in
whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”
(Colossians 1:13, 14).

Micah wrote, “you will cast all their sins into the depths
of the sea”(Micah 7:19). Here's an interesting picture
of this thought:  On January 23, 1960, history was made
as a two-man crew descended to the deepest known
point on the Earth’s surface. This place is so deep that,
if the highest mountain on earth was to be dropped into
the trench, it would still be covered by over one mile of
water.

God dealt with the sin issue so that we don't need to.
We can't get to where forgiven sin is! It's out of reach,
so why go back to the past? Sin is a burden that we
can't possibly deal with but when we confess our sin he
is faithful and he is righteous to forgive us our sins and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

I've heard some say, “When I get my act together I'll
come to God”.  But, is this a logical approach?  When
someone is seriously sick or injured, they don't wait
until they recover before they go to the hospital. They
cannot get better UNTIL they go to the hospital.  Jesus
Christ came to help a seriously sin-sick world by taking
the punishment that was due you and me.

When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him, he
said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away
the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

Remember Jesus (Latin) means “God is salvation”.
What amazing
love!

God is so willing to pardon that Isaiah 53 tells us that it
actually PLEASED him to crush Jesus. God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us, in that while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then,
having now been justified by His blood, we shall be
saved from the wrath of God through him”
(Romans 5:8, 9).

Hallelujah! We worship the Creator who pardons.
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