Punishment, Confession, and a Glimmer of Consolation
Today's reading provides the conclusion to Micah. It begins with a vision of the total corruption of the people, where all of the behavior is contrary to God's teaching. In the face of this, those who would take a step towards faith must confess how awful the situation is -- in fact, they must admit that they deserve the punishment that is coming (through the capture and defeat of Jerusalem). Only then can the promise of God's compassion and faithfulness toward the Jewish people be understood and hoped for.