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I already know one verse from Micah, 6:8.

We learned it as part of a song when we went to Tennessee in 2009.

It was also mentioned in chapel one morning here, which was cool. And there are some people around campus who have it on the backs of their tshirts…

Anyway, it’s one of my favorites, and whenever I hear it, I sing the chorus of the song in my head:

We will love justice, show mercy, walk humbly with our God…

Only I tend to switch that “our” to “You.”

Anyway.

Did you know that “Micah” means “Who is like the Lord”?

I know a couple of Micahs; most of them are little boys from church. 🙂

I have a strange obsession with the meanings of names…

So anyway, I have to read all 7 chapters of Micah and a chapter in my “boring” book for Tuesday.

It is currently Monday. I have around 12 hours to read 8 chapters.

I don’t have much to say on the first couple of chapters, but chapter 5 is interesting.

2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans[b] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”

Jesus?

I didn’t know the context of 6:8 before today:

6 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?
7 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?
8 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[a] with your God.

The next part, 9 through 16, is God telling Israel how He’s going to punish them. (Or is it Micah speaking for God?)

In verses one through five, it sounds like God is still ranting at the Israelites a bit for not trusting Him or obeying Him or something. He brings up Egypt, and all the good He’s done for them. It sounds like they’re still (at this point) not happy with Him, and He’s tired of it.

Chapter 7 verse 7 is kind of cool:

7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD,
I wait for God my Savior;
my God will hear me.

11 The day for building your walls will come,
the day for extending your boundaries.
12 In that day people will come to you
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
even from Egypt to the Euphrates
and from sea to sea
and from mountain to mountain.

^ Thanks to yesterday’s seminar at church, and Bible class, I know the context of this. Or, the Assyria stuff. And the walls.

16 Nations will see and be ashamed,
deprived of all their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths
and their ears will become deaf.
17 They will lick dust like a snake,
like creatures that crawl on the ground.
They will come trembling out of their dens;
they will turn in fear to the LORD our God
and will be afraid of you.
18 Who is a God like you,
who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
you will tread our sins underfoot
and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
in days long ago.

I like 18 & 19.

Especially 18, but 19 too.

So that’s that.

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