“Who is a GOD like You?” [Micah 7:18]
That question is the theme of the prophet Micah, whose name means “Who is like YAHWEH.”
The answer is the starting point, the working principle, and the ending point of Micah’s theology. Micah seeks to show the incomparable God – that there is no one like YAHWEH in His power, holiness, wisdom, or matchless grace. YAHWEH is uniquely glorious, yet holy and loving. He is the Sovereign “Lord of All the Earth.” [4:13]
The Book of Micah is interesting in that it presents a God who is sovereign in power to judge people, as well as repeating that YAHWEH is sovereign in His mercy and grace.
A lot of people try to separate God’s holiness and His love. They think that a God who is loving cannot also be a righteous judge. But God’s holiness governs everything … His love is a holy love.
The other truth we find in the Book of Micah is the foundational truth that it is the responsibility of all people to live holy lives and to worship God. We are responsible to Him for how we treat others with justice, mercy and in righteousness. Those who do so will experience the grace, love, and mercy of God. Those who fail to worship God and fail to treat others as He demands will experience His displeasure, and ultimately apart from repentance, His judgment.
There is another wonderful truth in Micah alongside God’s Sovereignty and man’s responsibility—that truth is that God is sending His Messiah, His Son, to come and shepherd His people.
“Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One [Christ Jesus] will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.” [5:2 HCSB]
“Who is a GOD like You?” I know of no other. Amen