30
Dec
15

God Is The King

Micah 4:6-13 (NIV)

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will gather the lame;
    I will assemble the exiles
    and those I have brought to grief.
I will make the lame my remnant,
    those driven away a strong nation.
The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion
    from that day and forever.
As for you, watchtower of the flock,
    stronghold of Daughter Zion,
the former dominion will be restored to you;
    kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”

Why do you now cry aloud—
    have you no king?
Has your ruler perished,
    that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,
    like a woman in labor,
for now you must leave the city
    to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
    there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you
    out of the hand of your enemies.

11 But now many nations
    are gathered against you.
They say, “Let her be defiled,
    let our eyes gloat over Zion!”
12 But they do not know
    the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
    that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 “Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion,
    for I will give you horns of iron;
I will give you hooves of bronze,
    and you will break to pieces many nations.”
You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord,
    their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

​In verses 1-5, Micah tells of a time when not only Jerusalem would be restored, but a Heavenly Jerusalem would be God’s dwelling place with His people.  But, before that could happen, the people of God would be carried off into exile by the Babylonians because of their sinfulness.  God had warned His people time and time again.  They had rejected Him as God and as their King.  They worshiped false gods and listened to false prophets.  Their leaders were corrupt and they exploited the poor for their own gain.  God’s people had turned their backs on Him and now He would discipline them to bring them back to Him.
But they would not be in exile forever.  God was going to restore Jerusalem.  He was going to rescue and redeem His people.  A King would be restored to Zion and His name is Jesus.  He came riding into Zion on the back of a donkey.  He gave up His life in Jerusalem for the sins of not only God’s people, but the whole world.  It was in Zion where Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for humanity.  It is in the Heavenly Zion where He will reign forever and ever with His people.  God will triumph over His enemies and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God.  This is a certainty, not a dream.  This is a fact, not mere hopeful thinking.  This is our future and our hope.
PRAYER: Father, I long to be in Your presence for eternity.  I look forward to the day when You will make all things new and right all the wrongs.  I know that because of Your free gift of love and grace that I will spend eternity with You.  Until that day, help me to remain faithful to Jesus.  In His name, amen.
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