The Lord’s Deliverance

A day for the building of your walls! In that day the boundary shall be far extended. In that day they will come to you, from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, and from Egypt to the River, from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds. Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old. As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things. The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf; they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth; they shall come trembling out of their strongholds; they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God, and they shall be in fear of you.
Micah 7:11–17
The Lord’s Deliverance
The days of the prophet Micah are much like the days we live in. Then, like now, there was exploitation and dissolution in the public square. There was despair and hopelessness for many in their private lives. Believers felt like strangers in their own land, and exiles in their own families. Punishment was coming for the unfaithful nations and their people. Yet the prophet spoke of a coming time when God would gather His scattered people and exonerate them before the eyes of all nations. We have that same promise. God continues today to call, enlighten, and gather His people from their exile in the wilderness of sin and death. Through Word and Sacrament, God continues to gather us into His kingdom, we who confess our sins and look to Him for salvation have it. The cross of Christ guarantees this truth. We sit in a seat of  privilege as we are brought together to be part of God’s inheritance and a witness to His saving power! Through the Holy Spirit we rejoice in our salvation, as He makes us fervent witness of the Gospel.
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