[Micah 6:3]

[Micah 6:3]

Once again, the Gregorian Chants have been the source of inspiration today.

Lately, my emotions are on a sort of a rampage. Not sure why, but they just are, probably because I am so tired most of the time.

Anyway. The chant of today was called “A Simpler Setting of the Reproaches” (also called “O My People” in some renderings). It is based on the sentiment recorded by Micah:

O my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me!

Micah 6:3, NLT

I have never seen this verse… either that, or I have missed its meaning completely. As I have read it today, I was stunned by the deep emotion in God’s voice. The gut-wrenching pain of Love being rejected.

What have I done to you? Why don’t you want to be in My company? Why do you reject Me?

The song proceeds to compare all that God has done for His people versus what the people did to Him when He was among us.

O my people, what have I done unto thee, or wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me.

Because I brought thee forth from the land of Egypt: thou hast prepared a Cross for thy Savior.

Because I led thee through the desert forty years, and fed thee with manna, and brought thee into a land exceeding good: thou hast prepared a Cross for thy Savior.

What more could I have done unto thee that I have not done? I indeed did plant thee, O my vineyard, with exceeding fair fruit: and thou art become very bitter unto me: for vinegar, mingled with gall, thou gave me when thirsty: and hast pierced with a spear the side of thy Savior…

I did scourge Egypt with her firstborn for thy sake: and thou hast scourged me and delivered me up.

O my people, what have I done unto thee, or wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me.

I led thee forth from Egypt, drowning Pharaoh in the Red Sea: and thou hast delivered me up unto the chief priests.

I did open the sea before thee: and thou hast opened my side with a spear.

I did go before thee in the pillar of cloud: and thou hast led me unto the judgment-hall of Pilate.

I did feed thee with manna in the desert: and thou hast stricken me with blows and scourges.

I did give thee to drink the water of life from the rock: and thou hast given me to drink but gall and vinegar.

I did smite the kings of the Canaanites for thy sake: and thou hast smitten my head with a reed.

I did give thee a royal scepter: and thou hast given unto my head a crown of thorns.

I did raise thee on high with great power: and thou hast hanged me on the gibbet of the Cross.

  • Micah is quite a provocative book. The response to God's inquiry is striking – basically, "what more do you want from us?" (vv 6-7) Wow. How many times have we asked that of God?

    • heh… and the most interesting thing… he doesn't want anything MORE.

      the list of "requirements" is fairly small: "No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."…

      or as the Message renders it: "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."

      makes me think of all the ways we, Christians, are trying to come up with to get people to come to Church and to God… inventing the wheels for umpteenth time, yet forgetting these simple truths because of just that – they seem too simple. *sigh*

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