We look at Micah 6 – the full chapter in which beloved verse 8 (“What does God require of you? But to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.”) finds a home. The setting for that most familiar and beloved verse – a verse that beautifully and aptly describes the heart of God’s Jubilee vision – is a courtroom drama. Listen as Pastor Megan invites us to reflect on the first 5 verses of this chapter.
- “And the historical memory concludes in verse 5 with reference to the story of the evil schemes of Balak of Moab, who, thinking he would curse Israel, is foiled by the blessing of Balaam and himself taught the true might of YHWH through the mouth of a donkey (Num. 22f). “From Shittim to Gilgal” appear to be locations connected with the crossing of the Jordan into the land of promise. The prosecuting attorney God pleads for Israel to remember all these “saving acts of YHWH” (6:5b).” [John Holbert, “Justice, Not Worship: Reflections on Micah 6:1-8,” http://www.patheos.com.]
- John Holbert, “In the Courtroom with God: Reflections on Micah 6:1-8,” http://www.patheos.com.
- “Offertory,” by John Ness Beck, performed by the 2017 Heritage Singers (facebook.com/heritage17) from Maranatha Baptist University (mbu.edu), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xgN8jU5yl0.