Micah 6:1-2 “…plead your case before the mountains…Hear, O you mountains, the LORD’s complaint…”
God contending with His people. Let them make their case, then God will make His. Commentary brought out the idea of the Almighty God of the Universe taking the time to contend with the lowest life forms on the earth.
3 “O My people, what have I done to you?…”
God outlines all He has done for His people and still they choose to rebel against Him. It’s an honest question. What had God done to them other than love them, provide for them, and forgive them. His patience and mercy was beyond anything they deserved.
8 “…what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God”
Over and over in scripture, God makes it plain. He wants an individual, personal relationship with each person. He does not want to be appeased like an impersonal entity. And He cannot be bought or bribed. To paraphrase the prophet Samuel, does the Lord have as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the word of the Lord. The only reason He required those things was to grow the relationship.
9 “…Hear the rod…”
Listen to what the punishment is saying. Do you not realize the punishment is coming because of your sin.
10 “Are there yet…”
After all God has done to the people to try to get them to repent and turn back to Him, the wickedness is still there.
15 “…sow, but not reap…tread the olives, but not anoint…make sweet wine, but not drink…”
Nothing they do will prosper. It is God who causes all things to work as they should. Without His blessing nothing works, even those things we take for granted as happening all by themselves.
16 “…the statutes of Omri…All the works of Ahab’s house…”
Two of the wicked kings of the northern kingdom. They both followed after the sins of Jeroboam.
16 “…your inhabitants a hissing…”
Sounds of derision. The people will become a mockery. Others will look down on the Israelites due to what happens to them.
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.