“Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man.” (Mic. 5:7)
After the book of Micah envisions the coming King, Micah goes on in 5:7 to paint a visionary picture of the remnant people of God. His picture of the remnant looks like dew from the LORD. The remnant people of God will be like dew, an unstoppable force that gives life.
If you have ever slept outside without a tent, you know that there is nothing that you can do about the dew. When you wake up, if the conditions are right, there will be a covering of dew on everything. Whatever is exposed will be wet. This image is made more significant when you consider that in Israel, there are seasons when the dew is the only moisture that waters the crops. So, the dew is seen as a source of life for all.
This is a beautiful picture of God’s vision for the Church. The Church is a reality that is unstoppable. The promise and power of God Omnipotent stands behind the words “and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it [the Church].” Though individual churches may be planted, grow, flourish, wither, and even die, the catholic (catholic means universal) Church will never die. Christ has guaranteed it.
But this unstoppable force is a force that brings life. This is also part of God’s vision for the Church. The church covers the earth and will one-day cover the whole earth. As it does, it brings life wherever it touches. Our life is not our own. Our life is the life of Jesus Christ the Resurrected One, and only through Him may we claim to be life-giving at all.
This vision in Micah 5:7 was part of the reason that our sermon last Sunday had an evangelism focus. However, I didn’t have time to focus on the passage. So, I get to focus on it here. I pray that the LORD will help you to see the opportunities that He has placed in your path this Christmas Season and that He will give you the strength to speak the truth… Life into the world around you.
See you Sunday.
In Christ Alone,