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Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8 Commentary
by Shauna Hannan
A very important starting point for us preachers is to recognize that Micah’s pronouncements are directed toward us.
Just as the prophet indicts political authorities, he calls out religious authorities. Therefore, instead of pointing the finger at others’ complicity in the world’s injustices, this not-so-minor prophet requires us to consider our own. Once we do this we are prepared to remind others to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. In other words, the stance we preachers take here is as those who walk alongside our people. While an articulated confession from the pulpit is likely not necessary (and, in most cases, not appropriate), it would make a difference if we were to offer an explicit admission that Micah’s challenge is not a breezy task for anyone, including us.
Second, remember that we all know better. Verse 8 serves as a reminder that God has already revealed what God expects of us. “He has told you, O mortal, what is good.” In other words, there is nothing new about the call of God’s followers to do justice, love kindness and walk ...
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NL Podcast 333: Micah
November 11, 2018
Podcast on Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Nov. 11, 2018 (Micah) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.