Micah 2:1-13 and 6:6-8
“… and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
What a simple, clear statement of God’s vision and expectation for us! Yet religious history repeatedly shows how difficult it is for humans to consistently put these words into relational practice. Even God’s people radically disappoint. As Micah describes it – In the name of piety leaders abuse their power: they covet and seize fields, houses, people and their inheritance. They are haughty, utter empty falsehoods and make war. Then they arrogantly offer sacrificial burnt offerings, assuming that God will be pleased.
Micah has God ranting about this: “Is this what I deserve? I delivered you out of bondage in Egypt, I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam to lead.” God even lashes out, threatening devastating punishment for Israel and Judah.
And yet God does not retain this punitive anger, but goes on to speak of gathering in God’s own, bringing them together like sheep in a fold. Through a remnant God graciously promises yet another deliverance.
This advent we give thanks for the most radical deliverance in the life of Jesus and look for the full coming God’s just and loving reign.
Come Lord Jesus, Amen