The Story of God

An appreciation of Micah 4:1-5 begins with understanding its place on the timeline. I am not a scholar of Eschatology or last-time events.  However, there are some basic principles that can guide us into a functional understanding and appreciation of every book of the Bible and every message in its pages. Here are but a few of these principles and guidelines.

The Bible’s claim to fame is not the exceptional abilities of its forty human authors, but the omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of the one person who inspired them and takes responsibility for the manuscripts they wrote.  These men were all Jews, living at different times, coming from different socio-economic backgrounds and with varying levels of education. And yet there is a coherence in their message that defies every interpretation other than that they were just the human fingers of the Creator, and God of the Universe.

Another principle worth remembering is that the Bible is all about the story of God. Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 both attest to the focus on God “in the beginning”. And the last book of the Bible closes with its focus on the promise of the God of the Bible to finally retake control and re-impose His Divine order and peace to His world (Revelation 22:20-21).  However a hero must have a context in which to operate.  The story of God would therefore be irrelevant without a context. The context is the world He created with order and universal laws to determine its operation. At the center, and the highlight of His creation is mankind, who were also expected to live by God’s laws. But there was one variation. Whereas the animals and the plants and the moon and stars were put on a pre-programmed, auto-pilot oath of compliance, and therefore had no choice but to stay in line, God gave man a free will, and with it, the power of choice. Regardless of the reason, man chose to use his free will to disobey God and His laws, and that required God’s “Plan B”.

Having created man in His own image, God’s loving obsession has always been to redeem man back to Himself, without removing His free will. That’s the story of the rest of the Bible.

In this story, there are four other major individuals or groups of persons in addition to God. The first is the arch-enemy of God, and he is variably styled, Satan, Lucifer, the Devil. The next group of persons are the Gentiles which up until Abraham, comprised all living people. The fourth group of people are the offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. It was through this group that God chose to enter this world in human form.  Jesus was born a Jew, lived like a Jew, and referred to the Jews as His own. The fifth group of persons is the Church, or the ones called out from every tongue, and nation and kindred, Jews and Gentiles, and all who call on the Name of the Lord.

Micah 4:1-5 is all about the Jews and their final vindication, at a time that has not as yet come. When it does come, all that Micah speaks about will be very clear. In Micah 4:5, the Prophet makes the clear distinction between “all the nations”, and “we”.

Believers in Christ must be conscious of the fact that our destiny is tied up with that of the Jews. We must love them, pray for them, and ask God to remove the spiritual blindfold that prevents them from seeing Jesus as their Messiah.

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