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Waves of judgment and compassion clash against each other throughout Micah’s prophecy. His poetry and personal gestures are as shock treatments. He walks through the streets naked to awaken people from the evil of idolatry. The English translation misses the impact of Micah’s word-plays on the names of cities. For example, Achzib means “Town of Deceit.”
The ultimate intent of God is that there be repentance and not punishment for the evils against the First Commandment. There is the promise intimated here and prophesied later more fully, of a Shepherd King that will come to redeem. With this image, God dismisses the charges against the people and instead, comes to their aid.
Is there anything that you are doing that you need to be shocked into undoing?
The world in awe before You 1:4
Lamenting the sins of earth 1:8
Comforting the alien 2:9
Gathered as sheep in a fold 2:12
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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