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The Rod

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The New Geneva Study Bible describes Micah as "A book of judgment proclaimed. The prophet declares that the holy and righteous God will no longer tolerate the persistent evil of His people (1:3). Many of Israel's sins are mentioned, ranging from idolatry and sorcery (5:12-14) to deceit and fraudulent dealings (6:10, 11)". Additionally, and perhaps more importantly to New England's ministers in 1680, was the covenant aspect of Micah. "Fundamental to Micah's proclamation of both judgment and restoration are the terms of the covenant relationship between God and His people. While God faithfully fulfilled His responsibilities under the covenant (6:1-5), the people wallowed in disobedience, and now the covenant curses were to be applied (6:13-16)". Isaac Foster's December 15 sermon is another Jeremiad, an exhortation to the people of Hartford that the rod of God awaits a backsliding people.

Keywords: God; Hartford; Isaac Foster; Micah; sermon; the rod of God

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