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32 Micah (4)

Humbly with the Lord

Micah 6:6-8
Philippians 2:1-11
T React to the words of God

 It is from Chapter 6 of Micah. This is to be able to say about not only Micah but also about the other prophets, but, it is thought that a prophet gathered up what he has told for years and wrote it as a document around the end of his activity. Because those are not the things which were finished writing as a document from the beginning, sometimes time order becomes the consequences, and there is a place added at the time of editing, and it will be one of the causes to make the Prophets difficult. Micah seems to be that model. It is thought that Chapter 6 of this morning leads to Chapter 3 in terms of time, but we must think about why Micah inserted this in here. First of all, we will see from the content.

 There is a person who regards this Verse 6-8 as a dispute of the Lord and Israeli, but rather the thought that some people are asking to Micah will be realistic. Surely these would be questions to Micah who talked in a street corner or a court. There is it, but "With what I come to the Lord and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves?" (6); it seems one question of those -probably it seems compiled same questions of some people. "The God on high"; it will say a shrine of Jerusalem. This person heard that the origin of their crime was to ignore God, from a message of Micah. And he asked how he should have come to God. Most Israeli people thought that taking a thing to give to a shrine was to appear before God. "Yearling calves"; because it was the best thing in a rule of a sacrifice (Leviticus Chapter 1); at first, one of the questioners asked whether he should have owned best offering to the shrine, from such their common sense. "Burnt offering"; because, as for it, everything of a sacrifice is cremated, full-scale devotion to God of a person to offer it is emphasized, and it is thought that it was the center of a shrine ceremony. Even though it is dull, would he have shown his reaction for Micah who accused of a crime of Israeli leaders many times? I wish that there would be such reaction in the present age. As for the present age, it might be thought there is no reaction to God really.

U A direction of faith

 "Does the Lord take delight in thousands of ram, in ten thousand revers of oil?" (7); it will be a question based on a similar thought. It shows that questioners were considerable rich people. Even though they offered such a large quantities, but they did not get almost pain; and such they did such an idea. When think so, a young bird of the dove which prepared hard by poor people is lowest offering, but it is made to think again how important heartily offering it is! Mary and Joseph brought a pair of the mountain dove or house's dove to a shrine with newborn Jesus, but their thanks and joy reach there. When watched a poor widow who offered two small copper coin(money of a unit at the minimum), Jesus said "This poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury." (Mark 12:41-); we must not forget it either. The Israeli leaders's reaction was still very dull, even after pointed out their crimes. However, would Micah have heard such their question as a simple doubt as their stance, "In this way should we have done it?"? A message of hope studded with by this book, especially the prophecy in Verse 5:2 which is "Jesus is born in Bethlehem", it is felt a pity to such them.

 However, in questioners, there was a person speaking of sacrifice of children, it had been prohibited in a rule of a sacrifice clearly (Leviticus 18:21). "Shall I present my first-born for my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" (7) This will be influence of the Baal worship that Canaanite performed. Surely, these plural questioners would wish to want to restore the relations with God. And also, they supported authorized prophets and let prophets tell a message for them; it might have been from a wish of such them. As a result, they came to like only a good message per a mouth, but such a thought seems to incline that they want to be in a feeling of earnest more about God. However, it is quite fanatic with offering a child on an altar, don't you think so? A course of ardor is a problem. Besides, they did not remember that law forbids it; it will show that how much they were separated from words of God.

V Humbly with the Lord

 Micah answered these questions. "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (8) We have heard that justice was righteousness last week. It is righteousness of God; "You do not perform the justice. And you strip it off from a poor person and eat their meat and get fat and fat. But even if you have it with a large quantity of sacrifices in a shrine without aching, it does not mean to appear before God.", and a message of Micah reaches us. A heart blunts so that we of the present age do not feel a pain of a person; and as for a rich person and a person who has honor and a position, they do it to stamp another person. We must not forget that God stares at our way of life. "To love kindness"; will not it be to incline our heart to people demanding, weak people, people who is suffering and people searching of solace; above all, should we incline our heart towards God? When it looks like that, it will be natural that greed and to look down on a person cannot live together in the same place. The faith of believing Jesus, it is teaching us to give priority to a neighbor than oneself. "To walk humbly with your God"; we want to hear it means to reverse our life distant from God. Such a step will bring us up into a person having love and really humble. It seems to hear a message of Micah which is saying "Grow in the place that God is watching.".

 Micah counted an Israeli crime again until middle of Chapter 7, and declared the judgment to them, after this. It appears so that such strictness exceeds it of Chapter 1-3; but, I imagine that he caught in here these talks as the last repentance opportunity to such of them. In consciousness of Micah, it will be certain that they also are people of God. I feel their figure, that they repent of such an ideal method and want to stand as people of God. However, this prophet who appeared from a farmer would be going to walk with them while continuing to carry their pain on his back till the last, as one of the people. A confrontation of Micah and leaders, they were tending to defeat the people; it is felt a basic posture of prophet Micah. His figure to walk with poor and weak person, and to be going to take their pain on, is piled up to Jesus, and it teach us the figure which should be a container of God.

 It is his prayer in the last of Micah. It is Micah who showed severe confrontation posture for leader rank; but, in fact, Micah regretted them who was declared a fall, and for them, gave his both hands towards God from sorrow. I hear a message of Micah, "Be humbly with God", in a figure of Micah who was full of gentleness and humble. "But with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; ... which was also in Christ Jesus, ... He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Philippians 2:3-8); so that, I wish to become a person to imitate to His humble on a cross.