Survey the Cross

The voice of the LORD cries to the city—and it is sound wisdom to fear your name: “Hear of the rod and of him who appointed it! Can I forget any longer the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is accursed? Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights? Your rich men are full of violence; your inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins. You shall eat, but not be satisfied, and there shall be hunger within you; you shall put away, but not preserve, and what you preserve I will give to the sword. You shall sow, but not reap; you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine. For you have kept the statutes of Omri, and all the works of the house of Ahab; and you have walked in their counsels, that I may make you a desolation, and your inhabitants a hissing; so you shall bear the scorn of my people.”
Micah 6:9–16
Survey the Cross
There is no bright side to sin. God only sees it as it is and it must be punished. God would punish the wickedness of powerful people in Micah’s day. They would be cursed, not blessed, and be ridiculed and reviled. The Lord’s case against Israel would stand. His chosen people deserved and would receive God’s punishment. This should give us pause today. If we break God’s laws, especially by using positions of power to exploit the weak, as the people were doing in the days of the prophet Micah, we will ultimately face God’s judgment. Our sins may not be exactly what the Lord condemns here, but none of us is innocent in His sight. To walk humbly with our God means to repent daily of our sins and cling to His grace and mercy in Christ. This is our task, to repent and be saved. Surveying the cross shows us the severity of our sins and the length to which God would go to reconcile us. Surveying the empty tomb shows us that the victory is ours. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has cleansed us from all evil and given us the strength to care for those who are weak and powerless in our world.  
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