-written by Matt Clotfelter
The dictionary defines the word resolution as “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” Some of the synonyms of the word resolution include aim, resolve, single-mindedness, will power, and decision. In other words, when resolved, we have decided our course, and we are doing what it takes to achieve that end.
Resolution is also defined as “the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.” This word is what we think of in legal action. People go to mitigation to achieve resolution to a dispute.
As I think of resolutions, I think of one of the most famous resolutions, which became something so much different. The Richard Henry Lee Resolution became something that changed our world. It was his resolution, submitted to the Second Continental Congress, which led to the creation of the Declaration of Independence. It was the line drawn in the sand to declare the “colonies” as an independent nation called the United States.
Throughout history, God has had a plan of resolution. As modern day Christians, we have the ability to look back at the entire story of the Bible and see it from beginning to end. At the time of Micah, God’s people lacked this perspective. Their perspective was affected because they were in the middle of the story, just like our own perspective can be affected when we are in the middle of a situation.
As we enter the story in Micah 5, God’s people have heard almost nothing positive from the prophet. Here, after what becomes 4 chapters rebuke and warning, they receive a promise from God, one that changes the course of the story. God promises His resolution to them again. He promises the Messiah is coming. And the Messiah, the solution to the problems, will come from the most unlikely place, Bethlehem. Ultimately, He will protect them with His strength and give them peace.
God spells out His resolution, defining exactly how He is going to change the situation to achieve His Will. He tells the people He will strip away any offensive strength and destroy any man-made stronghold. He will destroy their idols and take away their self-made safe havens, where they hide because it is easy and comfortable. He will do these things to ensure we have no choice but to see their sin, and to see our sin, for what it is: sin.
The last piece of His resolution holds a promise, as well as a warning. God promises to give an abundant gift to anyone who does not obey Him. This gift is His vengeance. At the time of Micah, the people have heard and understand the story of Noah, God’s vengeance poured out. They understand how God is unafraid to give punishment to those who refuse Him. With this perspective, they heard Micah’s warning.
God’s solution is clear. He sent His Son for us. He desires our obedience, but more importantly, He desires our hearts. His aim is to save us from our sin, but we have to choose. It is our choice and it has dire consequences. How resolved are you?
Matt Clotfelter is married to Amie and they have 2 children, Tyler and Marcus. Matt serves as a deacon as well as volunteers in the SoHills nursery, preschool ministry, and preteen ministry.