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Minor Prophet? Micah: God’s Justice and Righteousness

Message Series: Minor Prophets

Message
Minor Prophet? Micah: God’s Justice and Righteousness

The Book of Micah

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The Book of Micah is known for its focus on Micah 6:8, “Live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God” to address anything and everything to do with justice.  Micah is made up of 20 judgment and salvation prophecies.  The judgments consist of two essential motifs: accusation and judicial sentence/verdict.  The salvations are based on God’s promise to bring salvation.  What is the point of Micah’s judgment and salvation prophecies?  To lead people to repentance.

Repentance is a misunderstood word.  Most of the time it is narrowly understood.  The Biblical understanding of repentance involves recognition and acknowledgment of wrongdoing or guilt, a confession, and a turning away and heading in a new direction.  It involves thought, feeling, and behavior.  Most of the time, we exercise one aspect of repentance, if any at all, and call it good.  In quoting Micah 6:8, many like to emphasize one of the three calls of God on how to live to the neglect of the other two.  God sees all three working together: do justice, exercise love, and walk in humility.      

When it comes to repentance, best to keep it simple – admit, submit, commit – embracing both the wrong and the good.  When it comes to living justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God, best to keep it simple as well.  I like Eugene Peterson’s take on this verse: “Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in love, and don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously.”

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    Pastor Mark