The Book of Micah: “Metaphors that Awaken”
Readings: Micah 4:1-5; 6:6-8; 7:18-20 and Mark 5:21-34
- In our Micah readings, chapters 4-7, we find a shift in tone, from oracles of judgment and lament to hope for a a new way of experience true life in companionship with God. Consider reading the chapters in their entirety. Where do you find encouragement, hope-filled instruction, or help for your soul? Think on these things. Situate your heart in the light offered to you in these ancient words.
- How might Micah’s instruction in 6:6-8 be integrated into your everyday, ordinary life? Listen to the instruction from The Message version:
But he’s [God has] already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously –
take God seriously.
Construct habits of good that could practically be lived out. Lay out for yourself simple practices that might help you engage your neighbor with real mercy and loyal love.
- Read Mark 5:21-34 and observe Jesus living out what we hear in Micah 6:6-8. What do you notice? How does his life, his work, his manner of being in the world give you a pattern to follow? What are your needs today? Might you come to Jesus asking, imploring, kneeling with your requests? Do so now in prayer. Talk with Jesus who welcomes you, extends mercy and healing, and offers new ways of living in power and Spirit.