What Didn't You Understand?
As we are going through the minor prophets it's clear that we are not dealing with new information. The prophet's job was to remind the people what God had already told them. As with others, Micah's greatest criticism is of the spiritual leaders. They should know better. Especially in that day when copies of the Scriptures were so rare, the lay people depended on the clergy to read and interpret God's Word for them.
The challenge to Micah and to myself as I preach is to present the age-old message in a way that grabs the attention of the congregation. Micah doesn't pull any punches as he shames the people: 2:11 "If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’ that would be just the prophet for this people!" But he also reminds them of God's plan for them: 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
So, here's the paradox. God's love is free to us but it came at a cost to Him. Do we fully understand the costliness of grace or have we tried to exist under the banner of 'cheap' grace?
Read the seven chapters of Micah and on Sunday we will answer two questions: 1) Who is a God like you? and 2)What is required of me?