The Lord’s Lawsuit Against His People
The Lord’s Lawsuit Against His People is a simple thought Lectionary reflection from Micah 6:1-8 on the fact that as God’s people, we should value people over property.
November 4, 2015 Year B
God tells His people to plead their case before Him (Micah 6:1). The Lord has brought on a lawsuit against His people (Micah 6:2). He calls upon the Earth as the judge who will listen to both cases (Micah 6:1, Micah 6:2).
Here are the questions that God asks (Micah 6:3):
What have I done to you?
How have I wearied you?
God’s people can’t answer the questions that God raises. Instead, God makes His case about how He has treated His people (Micah 6:4-5):
God has brought His people out of slavery. He sent deliverers to help His people. He kept Balak from cursing Israel. He helped Balaam speak only blessings about His people. He delivered His people through the desert and into the promised land.
The lawsuit is about worship. God tells His people to testify about Him. The elements of worship which the people should use are not the value of property (Micah 6:6-7).
The way to worship God is by the way we value people (Micah 6:8).
God wants us to stop being selfish. He wants us to listen to Him. He calls His people to love honorably, be faithful, and walk with a humble spirit before Him.
Does God have a case against you? Can He bring charges where you have valued property over people? Have you stopped obeying the law of love?
Prayer: God, help me to remember that worship is about people, not property. Remind me that I should love, be faithful, and be humble.