At one time or another we all become aware of the injustice and violence in the world around us. It ranges from political persecution on a grand scale in various nations to the scamming of individuals through the internet. The cry for justice is often found in the Psalms and in the writings of the Old Testament prophets. We start the week by reading a passage from Micah where he outlines God’s requirements for Justice, Mercy and Humility and then move on to reflect on some Psalms where the same ideals come to the surface.
Listen to what the Lord says: “Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say.”
“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. “My people, what have I done to you?
How have I burdened you? Answer me.
I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.
My 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.”
With 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?
Will 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?
He 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 with your God.