What Does Micah 7:18 Mean?

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love.

Micah 7:18(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

God has not finished with Israel as many erroneously teach, despite the fact that for hundreds of centuries they have rebelled against their God as a nation. Micah was one of a company of God's prophets who forewarned of terrible judgement to come. Israel had followed in the footsteps of the godless Gentile nations and become proud and covetous. They had forsaken the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Who had promised them glorious blessing if they would walk in His ways, and severe cursing if they disobeyed the holy One of Israel.

Like other watchmen on the wall, Micah looked down the corridors of time to proclaim a Saviour Who is Christ the Lord, and His name was to be called Jesus for He shall save His people, Israel, from their sins. And although Israel crucified their Messiah and King, God has not finished His people, as many erroneously teach, for in the final verses of this powerful prophecy we see a future time when God will pardon their iniquity and pass over the rebellious acts of the remnant of His possession.

In that day, God will forgive them their sins because the blood of their Saviour will cleanse all who cry, "blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord." God will not retain His anger forever because He delights in unchanging love, and that love is not only extended to Israel (His earthly inheritance) but also the Church (His heavenly inheritance).

At a time when much of the Body of Christ seems to have lost its way and has succumbed to many false doctrines that are infiltrating many churches, let us rejoice with Israel and sing, "Who 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."

Praise God that we are not appointed to wrath, for Christ took that punishment on our behalf because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and God delights in us with His unchanging love.

My Prayer

Thank You, Father, for Your unchanging love to me. Thank You for Your faithfulness to Israel and to the Church, despite the times when we have individually or collectively strayed far from You. You showed Your unconditional love for me when You sent the Lord Jesus to take the punishment for my sins. Thank You, Lord, that You delight in mercy. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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