Monday Reflection – September 09, 2019

The Only Verdict

O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!Micah 6:3

Allegations and accusations are part of our everyday reality right across the world. There is hardly a day when we don’t hear allegations swirling around and where persons are accused of something. Very often such are very dangerous and damaging. The damage caused by allegations can affect one’s life forever. We have to be careful, conscious and conscientious about the things we say about others, and the accusations we make against others.  

It is one thing to accuse others of wrongdoing, yet another to accuse God of same. The Israelites were seeking an escape route for their idolatrous and disobedient behaviour by accusing God of being unfaithful and unfair. God would have none of it. In Micah 6, God summons the people to defend their claims. He says in verse 1, “Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear what you have to say”. This is the language of a court of law. Yahweh orders the people to rise and present their case. In the scenario that Yahweh presents, the people are the plaintiffs (the ones bringing the lawsuit—the ones who claim to have been injured) and Yahweh is the defendant (the accused—the one who allegedly injured the plaintiff).

Yahweh invites the people to address their complaints to the mountains and the hills, as if the mountains and hills constitute the jury. If so, this will pose quite a challenge. How will the people convince the mountains and hills of the equity of their case when the mountains and hills know otherwise? They have seen what Yahweh and the people have done. They have watched the history of Israel unfold. They know that Yahweh brought these people into the Promised Land and gave them the victory over their enemies. They have seen the people build altars to pagan gods on the high places. The mountains and hills know who is right and who is wrong.

Yahweh invites the mountains and the “foundations of the earth” to serve as the jury—to determine who has broken the covenant relationship that has existed for centuries between Yahweh and Israel. God’s creation is well-suited to reach a just verdict in this case. Yahweh has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel. Yahweh is prepared to defend himself against whatever accusations that the people might make. Interestingly though, in spite of the controversy, these people are nevertheless “his people”—Yahweh’s people. The covenant relationship has been damaged by the unfaithfulness of the people to the covenant, but the covenant relationship still stands. God remains faithful in the midst of the wrongdoings of his people.

Note well, GOD IS FOREVER FAITHFUL! In the midst of our failures and wicked deeds, God remains true to his promises and committed to our cause. We can bring no credible case against God; infact we better not, because the outcome is already determined. The only appropriate posture is to submit to the Lordship of God, confess our sins, humble ourselves, follow the Lord’s directives, and live our lives each day to honour him.      

Jermaine Gibson

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