God is self-existent, he has always been and will always be. This is the foundational belief that we hold to be true and from this we understand our place and purpose. The only other option is to believe that matter has always been and somehow this matter came into being and had inherent power to change and create life. An impersonal substance somehow was able to create personal beings. If we hold this to be true there is no need for God and our lives can be lived by our own desires because we are free to act as we want. We are not accountable to anyone ,there is no moral code that we must submit to. Once we acknowledge that there is a God then we also must acknowledge that we are accountable to him. Our Creator is a kind and benevolent God who created human beings for his pleasure and to be the objects of his love. He is a good God and everything he does is based in his goodness. True life begins when we understand the first sentence of the Bible and place our lives under the rule of our Creator.
I am raising up the Babylonians, * a cruel and violent people. They will march across the world and conquer other ◊ lands.
God uses nations to carry out his justice. It was surprising to the prophet that he would use a nation like Babylon to be his instrument. They were worse than the nation God was determined to punish. This concerned Habakkuk but not God. Babylon would have its day.
The LORD is slow to ◊ get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished.
God’s anger is always against unrighteous and injustice. Nineveh had heeded his warning given by Jonah but years later returned to their oppressive and cruel treatment of the neighboring nations. God delayed his judgment but his justice demanded action. He is slow to anger but he will always do what is just.
20 At that time I will lead you – at the time I gather you together. Be sure of this! I will make all the nations of the earth respect and admire you when you see me restore you,” says the LORD
God chose Israel to be his special people who would display his glory to the nations. As often and as many times that they failed to represent him he always kept his covenant with them and for the sake of his name promised to restore them. His glory would be shown through them in spite of the hardness of their hearts and the stiffness of their necks. The patience and persistent of God is an encouragement to us of his commitment to us.
18Who is a God like you,who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Micah presents an image of God that shows both his hatred of sin because of his righteousness but also his compassion and forgiveness he extends to his people. Both aspects of his character give us a more complete understanding of God and draw our hearts to love him. He is perfect in all his ways and always acts in conformity to his character. We fail to be true to him but he never fails to be himself and to be unchanging. There is no one like our God, and he is incomparable.
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
We live in a world that is torn by war. Billions of dollars have been spent killing human beings made in the image of God and homes and businesses destroyed. Families flee to find a safe place to live and raise their children. The world is on a path of complete destruction until the heart of man returns to God in repentance and forgiveness. Jesus will return one day to rule over the nations and only then will there be the fulfillment of the prophetic words of Micah. Come quickly Jesus and take your rightful place.
But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
Jonah ran from God’s calling and as a result was emotionally exhausted from his struggle with his disobedience. He knew he was not doing what was required of him but his hatred for Nineveh dominated his thoughts. He was struggling with his emotions to the point of exhaustion and slept in a fierce storm that frightened the sailors on the boat. We pay a huge price when we turn away from doing what we know we should do.
11On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.
Edom as a nation did not come to the aid of Israel. They neglected their family and even participated in its destruction by not defending them. When injustice occurs there is an obligation of other nations to come to the aid of those being abused. To remain unmoved is wrong I am God’s eyes. He despises injustice and abuse and holds the unmoved accountable for their lack of care.