Do Your Own Thing
Take time to remember the good things the Lord has done in your life, and thank him for them.
Read Micah 6:1-16
 Listen to what the LORD says: “Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say.  “Hear, you mountains, the LORD’s accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel.  “My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me.  I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.  My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the LORD.”  With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Listen! The LORD is calling to the city- and to fear your name is wisdom- “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.  Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house, and the short ephah, which is accursed?  Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?  Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.  Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins.  You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword.  You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.  You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab’s house; you have followed their traditions. Therefore I will give you over to ruin and your people to derision; you will bear the scorn of the nations.” Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat is the Lord's "case" and what is the punishment?
“Live any way you like. As long as you keep God happy with sacrifices there’s no problem.” That was the prevailing view in Micah’s time; certainly among the rich and powerful. Omri and Ahab were among the most evil kings the northern kingdom of Israel had known. But now everyone is as bad. As a result, even their sins don’t satisfy (14). Our Western world’s economic woes present a striking parallel with Micah’s time. It’s easy to condemn the bankers and financiers but we can see their greed reflected at every level of society, and reflected in our own lives. We are richer than ever, but many people are never satisfied. God calls his people (then and now) to do two things: first, to remember all he has done for us (4,5). Why? To remind us of the kind of God he is: loving, generous, gracious, forgiving. And second, to act…love…walk (8). Walk with God and be like God. Nothing could be simpler to understand: nothing harder to do. But the great thing about walking with God is that we are walking with God!
Verse 8 has been called the Micah Challenge–to fairer treat-ment of folks around the globe. How can you participate?
Lord, I want to take up Micah’s challenge in my life. Please show me how I should do it.
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