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Sorrow for the Lost; the Incurable Nature of Sin

“For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches. For her wound is incurable, and it has come to Judah; it has reached to the gate of my people” (Micah 1:8-9)

I will lament and wail

There is no joy in the destruction of people–even sinful people. If we truly understand that no one is righteous, we understand that we are just a deserving of divine punishment as any other soul. If we have received Christ through faith and so escaped God’s wrath, we ought not to vaunt ourselves against others but rather mourn.

  • “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23)

  • “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:8-9).

Her wound is incurable

Sin does not have a cure. It leads to death: period. The soul that sins shall die. There is no making the sinful flesh any more righteous before God. It cannot be upheld, it is completely unholy. Our flesh is not cured or made better, it is crucified with Christ–we die so that we may live to God.

  • “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 2:22-24).

  • “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

  • “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

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God is not Silent, Hear Him!

“Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it” (Micah 1:2)

Hear

Hear intelligently. Listen with understanding. Discern what is being said.

God is speaking, He is not silent.

  • ” I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.” (Isaiah 45:9)

  • “Our God comes; he does not keep silence.” (Psalm 50:3)

  • “The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.” (Psalm 98:2);

All of you

God’s word is not for a select few. It pertains to everybody.

  • “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:2-4).

  • “Jesus answered him, ‘I have spoken openly to the world'” (John 18:20).

  • “He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God” (Psalm 98:3).

Pay Attention

Focus. Apply your mind. Engage your thoughts on this. God’s perfect word deserves more than just a glance.

  • “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1).

  • “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children” (Deuteronomy 4:9).

  • “My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22).

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