Our hearts break when we repay God’s faithfulness, kindness, and love with sin. In this lab, Pastor John covers what we should do after our spiritual adultery has left us broken, guilty, and distant from God.
Principle for Bible Reading
Questions for Old Testament Reading
Often we read the Old Testament thinking much of it doesn’t really apply to us today. We reason that God interacted differently with his people before Christ’s cross and resurrection. By doing this, we often skip over Old Testament insights that would enrich our knowledge of ourselves, God, and the gospel.
The discipline to meditate on Old Testament passages in light of Christ and the New Testament is vital. The following contains questions to begin your reflection:
- Do the themes or principles that I identify in the Old Testament passage or narrative apply today? And if not, why not?
- What can I learn about God from this passage? Do I see these attributes in Jesus’s life?
- How does this section contribute to the overall story about Jesus?
In This Lab
Many of us have skipped over Micah’s testimony because we might be tempted to think that New Testament believers are not judged. There is no condemnation for us, right? Pastor John does not settle for this, but considers whether there are other examples of God judging (or disciplining) his people for their good, and consequently remembers 1 Corinthians 11:29–32. In this passage we learn that God does indeed judge his people, even with death, in order to keep them from being eternally condemned.
- When was the last time you were broken over your sin? What did you do when you felt trapped in your guilt?
- Read Micah 7:7–9. How does the prophet handle the Lord’s discipline?
- What verses can you think of in the New Testament instruct us on how to deal with our sin?