Make My Day
Micah 6:1-8; Matthew 23:23-24
1Listen to what the Lord says: “Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say. 2“Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the Lord has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel. 3“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. 4I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam. 5My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” 6With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly 8Or prudently with your God.
23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Micah the prophet
- V. 1-3: The Summon, Case, and Charge against Israel
- V. 4-5: God’s case
- V. 6-7: Defendant Israel’s response
- V. 8: The Decision
Random Acts of Kindness Suggestions:
- Pay it forward - buy someone’s meal behind you in the drive thru - Give a blessing to someone - a food basket, a gift of service - sweep or clean a sidewalk, several go together and buy someone’s groceries or gas, call a nursing home - ask for someone who’s family is far away or who has no family - send them a card or make a visit
Check out the podcast on Tuesday - we’ll offer some other suggestions - those will appear on the Daily Connection later in the week as well.
Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC