Thursday, July 2, 2015

Micah, Day 4 Readings

God Wants Justice, Not Appeasement  

Today's reading provides God's response to the people's attempts to placate God.  As the foreign threats to the kingdoms increased, people wondered what they could to make God happy (and cause God to protect them).  Some of them suggested that they simply needed to sacrifice more in the Temple and keep the holy festivals.

God responds to such thinking bluntly.  God is not unhappy about sacrifices, but about how the people are treating each other -- they cheat each other, they lie to each other, they use force and intimidation to get their way.  For this way of life -- in addition to their idolatry -- God will punish them.

Read Micah 6:1-16  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Micah 6 today.