In Micah 7:18 we read Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy (loving-kindness; stedfast love). 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue (tread underfoot) our iniquities; and thou wilt cast (hurl) all their sins into the depths of the sea (how many sins?).
From time to time we find the human writers of Scripture in awe of the greatness and beauty of the Lord. For example, in Exodus 15:11 we read, Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
In Isaiah Isaiah 40:18, we read, To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
King David, the man after God’s own heart declared, 2Sa 22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
In Psalm 77.13 we read, who is so great a God as our God?
You can sense in each of these words a declaration of awe, coupled with the realization of man’s littleness in comparison to God’s infiniteness. “Who am I?” is a question that should awaken in us a fresh sense of humility and heart felt expressions of thanks and praise to God for His gifts of life and salvation. When Moses stood before the multi-god-worshipping king of Egypt leader Pharaoh, the king needed to know that the very reason for the judgments that were coming upon his land and his people was because they were in rebellion against the only True and Living God. Pharaoh, and every single person on planet earth today need to know that there is none like unto the LORD our God (Ex 8.10). Psalm 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob emphatically declares in Scripture that He is God alone and beside Him there is no God. Jeremiah wrote in 10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
In Jeremiah 49.19 & 50.44, The Lord Himself asks the question, who is like Me? In an age when people are either seeking to promote the idea that that God is dead or, are seeking to redefine the God of Scripture into an image of our own fallen image and likeness, the question that is asked in Jeremiah by The Lord needs to be asked to all that are reading this blog today…Who is like Me? Beloved, it is my deepest conviction that the church as a whole, myself at the very top of the list, has all but lost that sense of wonder of Who The Almighty is. This loss of revelation of the greatness of our God is the cause for half-hearted worship, lukewarm service, carnal living, empty prayer meetings, careless attitudes and unforgiving hearts. May The Holy Spirit open our hearts and understanding afresh to the greatness of our God and the corresponding affections and actions. May our love for Him and desire to know Him eclipse every other passion and desire in our lives.
It is unheard of in any other “religion” that the “god” that is worshipped is also the God that dies for you and takes away your sin. That is not the teaching of the Koran, or the Hindu Scriptures.
Almost without exception, the gods of the false religions are vengeful, utterly destroying those who curry their disfavor. Not only Micah, but the entire Bible reveals to us that The God of The Bible is a God that delights (holy affection) in mercy. Psalm 103:8 The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Psalm 145:8 The LORD [is] gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Hebrews 2.17,18 For verily He (The Lord Jesus Christ) took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. I invite you to come to Christ today, and find mercy and grace.