“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness.” ~ Micah 7:8-9
I do not understand why people say the Old Testament is not relevant to us today. These two verses in Micah are pointing the way to the Gospel message ~ to JESUS, salvation, and life!
“Darkness” represents sin and our separation from God because of it. But God does not desire that we remain lost and fallen in darkness. He is constantly shining His light into our darkness and shedding His light on the plain hard facts that we are hopelessly lost in our sin, unless we have a Saviour.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it…That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him…But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” ~ John 1:1-5, 9-10, 12-13
When we recognize that we deserve “the indignation of the LORD” because of our sin, we also admit that we need help. Jesus, the Word, the true Light, came to pay the price for our sin. He took upon Himself the death penalty we deserve, willingly went to the cross and freely gave His life so that we might live. And then He rose again and conquered death so that we might no longer fear death’s, nor sin’s, power.
Once we believe and choose to accept this free gift of life ~ Jesus’ payment for and God’s forgiveness of our sins, the promise of salvation, and the hope of eternity spent with Him ~ the Bible tells us that “He pleads” our case before God the Father and “executes justice” for us. We are JUSTIFIED by God’s grace (unearned, undeserved mercy, love, kindness, forgiveness) through faith in Jesus!
“…even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” ~ Romans 3:22-26
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” ~ Romans 5:1
“But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:11b
We are brought “forth to the light” and will “see His righteousness” because we are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. On our own, we are not able to stand in God’s presence. But in Jesus, we are justified and made acceptable before our holy God.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:31-35a, 38-39