But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
Years after having been raised in the Christian faith, years into bible studies with my peers, years into my own vocation as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I heard this passage for the first time. It is the only place I can tell where requirement is used in relationship to God. What does the Lord require of you? And the kicker is that it gives us an answer. It's not a rhetorical question. The prophet MIcah asks it and answers it according to the word of the Lord he has received, in his context, for the people of God at the time.
What does the Lord require of you?
These three things are our requirements as people of God. There is no mention of believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course Jesus hadn't been born yet. There is no mention of believing in Messiah. There is no mention of keeping the commandments or the law. There is no mention of going to church. What does the Lord require of you?
Which of these three is most difficult for you today? For us Presbyterians, "doing justice" is something we talk about all the time. So, I'm playing around with the middle requirement - Love Kindness.
What does it mean for us to love kindness? What kind of life would we lead is kindness was the backdrop of everything we did and said? How would our relationships change if we loved inserting kindness above all else? Would our perspective on life change, and in what way, if we sought out kindness?
It's always been God's kindness that leads us to repentance. It's always been God's steadfast love that continues to call us into right relationship. This was true for Micah; it is true for us. How might kindness draw us into right relationship one again with God?
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