Speaker: Jerry Cisar
A common metaphor for sin is “to miss the mark.” If we define sin that way, we haven’t really said anything until we define what the mark is. If I say sin is like throwing a spear and missing a target, I must also know where the target is. Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven; go and sin no more.” But if “go and sin no more” means to start hitting the target, then I better know where or what the target is.
In Micah we’ve been learning a lot about how the people of God were certainly missing the target. They had religious devotion, but were void of the justice, mercy, and humility which were at the center of the target. This week’s text gives insight into how God will solve the greatest problem His people have: the problem of sin. How can they “stop sinning lest something worse comes upon them” (John 5:14)?
God chose a people, delivered them from the sin and enslavement of other people (the Egyptians), and brought them to a garden like place again – a land flowing with milk and honey. But because of their own sin and oppression of one another, now He must deliver them from themselves. Israel’s real problem is that a bigger slave master than Pharaoh came with them out of Egypt, for it was in them. In fact, it is in every human being. How will God deal with this ultimate enemy? How will He deal with your ultimate oppressor?