Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Micah 5:2-4; 6:6-8 Commentary
by Amy G. Oden
Micah prophesies during the second half of the 8th century BCE in Judah.
After occupying the Promised Land, the Israelites set up a kingdom and saw it flourish under David and Solomon. But infighting leads to a split into 2 kingdoms. This, in turn, invites other powers in the region to attack and conquer. Micah comes along at this point to speak into a community that has seen its political leaders fail, its military might evaporate against overwhelming force, and its own worship of God exploited by the religious leaders.
In fact, Micah describes widespread religiosity where people are making a public show of how religious they are with loud lip service to God (Micah 3). It appears that business-as-usual religion has kept religious leaders self-satisfied and the powerful in power, “who tear the skin off my people and the flesh off their bones” (Micah 3:2). Into disillusionment and disappointment, Micah proclaims God’s promise of a new kind of ruler and a new kind of relationship.
The first portion of this week’s readings (Micah 5:2-4) ...
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Narrative Lectionary 148: Micah
November 09, 2014
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker for "I Love to Tell the Story," a conversation on Year 1 of the narrative lectionary. This podcast covers the readings for Nov. 9, 2014: Micah 5:2-4, 6:6-8. Accompanying reading: Matthew 9:13.