A Short Study of Micah 7:3
“That they may do evil with both hands earnestly…”
How this describes our condition before we met the Master, or rather He met us! Out of the heart are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23) and how our terrible deeds showed forth the awful blackness of our depraved hearts. Not only were both hands employed, but this was done earnestly and with horrible success.
How this truth magnifies the free, electing grace of our great God. If it is possible for one man to be more sinful than another, then surely His choice of you and I reveals that He sought out the worst of the worst upon which to bestow His free favor. “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:24-25)
When our Saviour came where we were, we were up to our elbows in the vile pursuit of that which is utter abomination to Him. His blood was on our hands just as surely as if we had driven the nails personally and with those bloodstained hands we were busy about that which caused His shameful death – our sin. Yet, He came in mercy, grace and love and washed us clean with the very blood that we were guilty of. Thank God, He shined His light upon us and caused us to see our wretchedness and cry as Job, “Behold, I am vile!” (Job 40:4)
Now by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, “we walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). He hath declared and sees to it that, “sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14). We do struggle daily with this flesh and sin is certainly mixed with all that we do, yet where once we drank “iniquity like water” (Job 15:16), we now eat His flesh and drink His precious blood. Almighty grace indeed that changed us from the double handed, sin zealous worms we were to being “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:24)
Oh, if only we were as energetic in His righteous cause as we once were in our own hellish interests. LORD, give us grace that we might be about your business with both hands earnestly.