Today’s thought “How have I burdened you?” (December 08)

In today’s second Bible reading we get the impression that God’s people looked on His laws as burdensome and felt that serving Him was difficult. The Elohim therefore asks them:

“ O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.” (Mic 6:3 ASV)

Miriam the prophetess

The God of Israel responds in verse 4a-b by reminding them that He relieved them of a true burden – the burden of slavery in Egypt. From the writing we got some history lessen. In this chapter God reviews how He sent His Chosen People leadership in Moses, Aaron, and Miriam the  daughter of Amram and Jochebed, and the sister of Moses and Aaron (v. 4c-d).  He also reminds them how He protected them from the oracles of Balaam (v. 5a-c) and in their journey to the promised land.

Throughout the history of God’s People we can see how fast they forgot what God had done with them and how they were safeguarded against many terrible things. We should not forget the Acts of God and should always know the righteous and saving acts [displaying the power] of the Elohim Hashem Jehovah (Micah 6:5)

Prophets from Elijah, to Jeremiah, to Ezekiel, to Micah and even Agabus in the New Testament, all used dramatic elements to get their message across. Micah does the same, in Micah 6, dramatizing an imaginary legal proceeding between Jehovah and Israel, with Micah in the middle. Some might find the passage reads like a scene from Shakespeare (only better).

The people finding certain Laws of God not so handy to keep had preferred to do it differently than God had commanded. Often they could not see it was just their going away from God’s Law that made life more difficult for them. We should see and understand that too.

The people to whom Micah was speaking behaved as if God was a burden and a bother, but His faithfulness provided no justification for such attitude.

It was Israel itself that made life difficult for themselves and others. It were they themselves who oppressed each other

“with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights” (Micah 6:11),

which favoured the crooked vendor, causing the poor to pay more than the agreed upon price. Those who were most blessed were also most vile,

“For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth” (Micah 6:12).

Also today we can see a lot of people who are not honest and treat others poorly. Today also we can find cruel behaviour which reveals a heart lacking in conformity to the principles of the covenant.

Israel should have been transformed by the demonstration of divine love, power, and righteousness toward them in the wilderness and on their other journeys. They too, like many of us today, like to favour people they liked or people they thought could help them for making them wealthier or for enjoying life more.

God sets them a mirror in front of their faces, letting them to think about how they traded and behaved toward others in their life, or even came to mistreat others. We also like to, sometimes, ignore people in need or act not totally correct to others. Finally, God shows them and us that walking with God is tough because we are, naturally speaking, enemies of God because of our sin nature.

We should be fully aware that it is not God burdening us, but it is we ourselves who get burdens over us, because we do not keep to the Will of God.

Today we might find a lot more people who can call themselves (adopted) Children of God. They have become known as the contemporary partakers of the “Called ones” who as the new people of God are created and called to take good news to the poor, proclaim release to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind. We are called to liberate the oppressed and proclaim the grace revealed in the year of divine favour. Together we should join hands and show the principal attributes God was talking about to His preferred and beloved People. God has shown mankind what is good and how to behave. Let us belong to the ones listening to Him. (Micah 1:2; 3:1; 3:9; 6:1)

“18 {1 } The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, {2 } Because he anointed me to preach {3 } good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised, {1) Isa 61:1 f 2) Or Wherefore 3) Or the gospel }19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Lu 4:18-19 ASV)

“ He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Mic 6:8 ASV)

 

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Preceding

Today’s thought “Call to listen to God ” (December 08)

Today’s thought “Those following the policies of the wrong leaders and popular people” (December 08)

Today’s thought “When in need of encouragement” (May 18)

Leaving the Old World to find better pastures

So it will be on the day when …

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Additional reading

  1. The Exodus Story: History or Myth?
  2. The Best Bedtime Stories
  3. God’s name on Seder Night
  4. A night different from all other nights and days to remember
  5. Commemorating the escape from slavery
  6. Passover and Liberation Theology
  7. A Passover for unity in God’s community
  8. Mental Enslavement and Sins Syndrome (MESS)
  9. When discouraged facing opposition
  10. Let’s Think About Redemption Differently
  11. Partakers and sons of the Realm

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