I’ve just about completed preparing for my sermon on Sunday. I thought I was familiar with Micah because we’ve talked about Micah 6:8 a lot in recent years. I even have an International Justice Mission t-shirt that says “seek justice”, which is an integral component of that verse. “Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.” It’s an amazing line, but it can lull you in believing that Micah is a gentle guy with a really happy message.
There were a couple times reading Micah that I felt like I was back watching Silence of the Lambs in high school. Right at one of the most intense moments, one of the older guys, at whose apartment we were watching the film, came up behind my chair quietly and shouted. I lifted off my chair like it was an ejection seat.
I clearly remember being freaked out by The Shining, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, and The Sixth Sense.
Believe it or not, the prophet Micah brought all this back to mind. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised, because it seems in one way or another, each one of these prophets have some wild and wooly stuff. Micah is no different, except that his prophecy might be the most graphic. Let’s just say that the movie version would likely need to be rated R.
But Micah is not gratuitously provocative. There’s a powerful message. Check it out for yourself, prepare to hear and discuss more on Sunday, by reading Micah!