Who Is a God Like You?
By Shawn Tomlin
The book of Micah is not one, I dare say, many Christians are familiar with. The minor prophets seems to be neglected when it comes to our time in the Word. Although the majority of their prophecies dealt with the nation of Israel, they remain part of Scripture for a reason. If we did not have the complete Old Testament, the New Testament wouldn’t make as much sense. Let’s look at the last three verses of Micah, a book that mainly focuses on the judgement and restoration of God’s people.
Micah 7:18 says “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.” There are two things I want to highlight in this verse. The first point being no one is like God as Isaiah 43:10 confirms. Besides the LORD there is no other god. The second point is this verse has to do with God delighting in His steadfast love, or in Hebrew, hesed. God is committed to His chosen people in the covenant relationship He has with them. God, in His sovereignty, is faithful to His covenant promises, even when those who had entered into covenant with Him were not. His chosen did some pretty messed up stuff, and God wanting to be faithful, as only He can, to His covenant promises always made it possible for them to be forgiven. Their sin was a disruption to their relationship with God, but not enough to thwart God’s purposes in accordance with His sovereign will.
His chosen did some pretty messed up stuff, and God wanting to be faithful, as only He can, to His covenant promises always made it possible for them to be forgiven.
Verse 19 reads “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.” Certainly God is compassionate to His people. The Reformation Study Bible says of this verse that “God began Israel’s journey by casting the Egyptians into the Red Sea, He will conclude her history by casting His people’s iniquities into the depths.” That conclusion is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who in Himself, was the means of fulfilling the Law, atonement for sin, and the justification of His people.
Verse 20 says “You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as You have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.” Now what does that have to do with us? The answer is everything. God’s faithfulness and promise-keeping to the patriarchs of Israel is the foundation the church has in its hope. Romans 4:17 shows us this. We can look to God, in Christ, and have hope in the unchanging God, who in His steadfast love upholds the covenant promises He made with His chosen people, and when sin disrupts the relationship (which it inevitably it always has and always will in this current age) God provided the Way to cast sin into the depths of the sea, Jesus Christ.
“The LORD bless you, and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.”