Wednesday Gathering Instructions:
Since I am traveling at present College Avenue Friends will likely not gather this Wednesday, This exercise is best done in a group, but since many of you are following this as individuals it is designed to be accessible in either context.
- Read Micah 6:1-12 once through, out loud
Reflect/discuss. Micah was a prophet who warned his people to learn the lessons of exile by pointing to the example of the neighboring Jewish kingdom who had already been drug off to captivity. He warned them to wake up to the fact that the same kinds of things their neighbors had been doing were being done among them. So often we see unrepentant people in our lives, people who we know are in the wrong and who still in their way teach us something. At times we are the one hypocritically not practicing the virtues we preach. In matters of generational sin this often takes the form of the later generations learning the lesson the previous generation did not seem willing to accept. Micah reminds us there are two ways to learn: by a good example, and by a bad example. And yet also, Micah points us down the pathway of recognizing God’s highest values are not rituals, observances and sacrifices but are virtues like walking in justice and fairness, striving for a heart filled with mercy like God’s own, and the kind of humility that draws us closer to God’s heart.
In this passage look at the costliness of the sacrifices proposed. How important are these things to us generally as a species? Consider in light of this the value give to these virtues? Ask each in the group to consider which of the three virtues the desire they most and why, or which ones seem the hardest to strive after recently. Was there ever a time in your life when you learned a meaningful lesson from another person about how to walk in holiness, perhaps one the themselves were reluctant to get?
- Spend about 5 minutes in silent prayer.Prayerfully reflect on the importance of the virtues of justice, mercy, humility, and intimacy with God.
- Close in the Lord’s Prayer