“Hear what the LORD says: Rise,
plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your
Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.” (Micah 6:1 – 2)
mindful, beloved reader, of what I wrote yesterday. The back and
forth as to whether I agreed or disagreed with the passage.
Questioning and wondering if I could enter into the passage or
whether I wanted it to go away. Such is the experience in wrestling
with a passage, especially if you are struggling with other things
and issues. Well, I am not feeling much better today than I did a few
days ago! But I do not feel the need to wrestle here. In fact it is
the Lord God that is wrestling with the called and chosen people. We,
you and I, can be just spectators here. The Divine has spoken,
through Micah, and is upset about the called and chosen people
complaining in their prayers and daily activities.
“O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD.” (Verses 3 – 5)
Lord God reminds the called and chosen people (through Micah) that
they have been rescued from slavery and cared for, and have sent them
leaders who would guide them into relationship & covenant with
the Divine. The Divine reminds them also that they have been
protected from those who would harm them.
“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” (Verses 6 – 7)
actually a pretty one-sided conversation, with Micah writing both
parts – the Lord God and the called & chosen people of God. The
readers/hearers of this passage supposedly ask what they should do to
apologize to the Divine and make amends. We, you & I beloved
reader, can into this conversation by asking ourselves if we have
forgotten the actions and promises on our behalf by the Divine. You
may remember the last time I wrote, I acknowledge that the Divine has
been faithful to me in my illness, and I have not journeyed alone in
my illness. Maybe as you remember the times the Lord God has been
there for you (I also remember when I have felt the Lord God’s
presence) you might read to find out what Micah suggests. For it is
clearly Micah who is giving this answer.
“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?” (Verse 8)
remember, beloved reader, what I said might be a recurring theme that
I speak to this year? Gentle, compassionate, merciful belief. I think
that perspective fits very well here. Shalom and Selah!