1. A good shepherd takes the little lamb from the flock and holds it in their arms.
  2. The Day of the Lord will be the “day of the Lord’s sacrifice.” That is how He will handle wrath and sin, by bloodshed and sacrifice.
  3. The surprising thing about our text is just how devoid it really is of gospel. Amos makes it quite clear that the “Day of the Lord” is a day of darkness and NO LIGHT!
  4. The best way to get at preaching the Gospel in our text is to compare the prophets and rulers Micah holds before us to Christ, who is not only a better prophet but the prophet’s hope and the prophet “par excellence.”
  5. We need the Son of God, Jesus, to set us free. Not by the Law, not by a social gospel, but by the blood-mark of the Lamb and a sacred eating and passing through the sea of baptismal regeneration.
  6. God is delivering His people by means of a King who will break down the bars that hold us in. It was strange but it was a real deliverance.
  7. God does not simply dismiss death. Instead, He actually takes it upon Himself and into Himself. He ingests, digests, and passes death so we might be spared from even tasting it.
  8. It was the death of David’s greater son who would die for his sin and our sin in order that we might know the mercy of God to cover all our sin and sour grapes.
  9. Both God and Ezekiel agree that the people are sinful, and God’s greatness is displayed in His mercy.
  10. Since we have heard the “suffering servant” has taken all our past sins upon Himself, it becomes very clear that the Lord is the one who will “have compassion... and He will abundantly pardon."
  11. We need the One whose name is not only great but the name that is above all names. We need Jesus who is greater than Joseph.
  12. Israel's pride is defeated, yet as sinners often do, their focus remains inward on themselves. Like petulant children they bemoan their lot and continue to question their very existence.

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