In our New Testament lesson (find 2 Peter 2 here) the Apostle Peter mentions several impossible events:
- The worldwide flood (Genesis 6-9)
- The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19)
- Balaam’s donkey spoke (Numbers 22)
Was Peter just gullible? Are we?
Peter was an eyewitness to the impossible. “We did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Peter 1:16). Peter had run to the empty tomb. He had seen the living Savior’s nail-scarred hands and feet. He knew that nothing was impossible for God.
Peter's confidence and ours is that our God is able to bring judgment on those who live in rebellion against him and bring rescue to us who wait for him.
Micah proclaims the same confidence. At the end of Micah 3, the prophet announced that Jerusalem would be destroyed for its rebellion. That’s not the end of the story. In today’s lesson (find Micah 4-7 here)the prophet looks 700 years into the future, into the New Testament times that he calls “the last days” when “the mountain of the LORD’s temple” will be raised up and “peoples will stream to it.”
The Old Testament prophets often use the city of Jerusalem as a synonym for the Church. Micah foresees the" impossible." The Church of the Old Testament, in ruins in the Babylonian exile, will rise and become the Church of the New Testament, the Church that draws people from every nation into its midst.
How will this happen? A “Ruler over Israel” will be born in Bethlehem who will bring us peace (Micah 5:2-5).
Micah also reminds us that our God does the "impossible" (Micah 6:4-5):
- The Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 14)
- Balaam's curses turned into blessings (Numbers 22-24)
- The journey from Shittim to Gilgal when the LORD stopped the waters of the Jordan so the Israelites could cross on dry ground(Joshua 3)
It can seem the world is spinning out of control.
- In Micah's time
- In Peter's time
- In our time
That’s why it is so good to know that our God does the impossible. He will rescue us. He will fulfill his promises.
And the most “impossible” of all? He will “hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
Our God does the impossible! Amazing grace! Click here to join your sisters and brothers singing "Amazing Grace" (from this week's traditional service).
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