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The Twelve Minor Prophets Micah Chapters 6-7

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Micah Chapters 6-7

A Good Man is Hard to Find

  • Micah finishes with another breach of covenant lawsuit.
  • God presents his case first: he’s taken them out of Egypt, delivered them from endless plots against them, etc. etc.
  • And how have they repaid him? Do they really think he’s interested in all those burnt offerings?
  • Nope. Here’s what he wants: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (6:8)
  • Instead, here’s what he gets: Merchants swindling their customers, judges taking bribes, everyone looking out for themselves. It’s Gotham City without Batman.
  • Nobody can be trusted, even your own family. Especially your own family.
  • God has made the nation a mockery; everyone sees how bad they are.
  • But fear not. Eventually Batman— sorry, Yahweh--will swoop in and make everything better, because he will forgive his people’s wrongdoing.
  • But Israel shouldn’t be too reassured because this day is far in the future. There’s still lots of mayhem ahead.
  • Still, God will eventually forgive and make things like they used to be.
  • “Who is a God like you?” asks the prophet, punning on his own name.
  • Or was the name of the prophet made up by ancient scribes as a pun on this question? Stuff like this is like catnip for biblical scholars.

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