Here comes another prophet who speaks about how unfaithful to God’s ways the people have been. But Micah does more than just talk; he does something that is meant to shake the people into repentance. He walks around naked! Now that ought to get people’s attention! Then he starts telling the people how mean they are and how they need to say that are sorry to one another and to God.
But look what the people say: “Don’t prophesy like that!” They want Micah to say only what they want to hear. I think this happens to us sometimes.
As so often happens with the prophets, verses and verses of harsh words flow from them, but finally they offer words of hope and promise of blessed times ahead. So it is for all of us. God’s grace will be with us to help us out. Let’s listen carefully to all that God says to us.
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