This week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Balak (Micah 5:6-6:8). The portion begins with Micah drawing from the song of Moses to illustrate what the remnant of Jacob will look like—“as showers upon grass.” The prophet also provides a list of things that will be cut off “in that day.” And lest we think biblical idolatry is obsolete, Gordon and Johnson provide modern day examples that masquerade as piety. We learn the uses of the paragraph divisions of “samech” and “pei” and Gordon scours the Tanakh for other uses of “in that day.”
In closing, Gordon and Johnson share their individual histories and perspectives with the closing verses that inform us “what the Lord requires.” In Micah’s context of blood, rams and oil, the good list sounds simple and can be stated on one foot—but even so requires the intention of a whole life.
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does Yehovah require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
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