Prophet Pearls #40 – Balak (Micah 5:7[6]-6:8)

Prophet Pearls Balak, Micah 5:7[6]-6:8, balak, biblical idolatry, haftarah, hebrew paragraph divisions, Yehovah, yhvh, Keith Johnson, micah 6:8, nehemia gordon, obedience sacrifice, paragraph divisions, samech pei, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, prophet micah, prophets, remnant, samech pei, what the lord requiresThis 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 And lest we think biblical idolatry is obsolete, Gordon and Johnson provide modern day examples that masquerade as piety.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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Verses Mentioned:
Jeremiah 26:18
Micah 3:12
Dt 32:2
Isiah 47
Dt 18:9-14
Dt 10:12-13

God Wants Obedience Not Sacrifices
1 Samuel 15:22
Jeremiah 7:10
Micah 6:7-8
Hosea 6:6
Isaiah 1:11
Amos 5:22-25
Psalm 40:6[7]

Psalm 51:18-19

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13 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #40 – Balak (Micah 5:7[6]-6:8)

    • It’s best if you read through the commands for yourself, some are for men, some for women, some for children some for Kings and priests. If it envolves the Holy Temple; or the land of Israel then we most likely cannot do at this time. We are all responsible for what is in the book; as best we can. Usually one at a time, we start with Sabbath, you can ask Yeshua what elsse and always ask for wisdom and understanding, it’s mostly about your character, moral and ethical.

  1. That’s what I been telling other, it how you treat on another, the poor , orphans, widows, even spiritual widows. etc.

  2. wow wonderful teaching. I asked a while ago about what my Father would like me to do? The answer is here Deuteronomy 10:12 Thank you guys I learned so much!

  3. Summary of today’s Prophet Pearls in Mic 6:8 (one of my fav verses too!)
    1. Hebrew is never passive, what we know has to be applied in our lives.
    2. To serve YHWH, is to walk in awe of Him, to keep His commandments and statutes, (Deut 10: 12)
    To obey is better than sacrifice. 1 Sam 15: 22

    Beautiful! Toda, Nehemia and Keith.

  4. I love the simplicity of Micah 6:8. This is where Torah living starts. This is repentance. Having more understanding of the finer details of what is written in the Torah is a daily progressive walk The Torah is not too difficult, but it is near, even in our mouths and on our lips (Deuteronomy 30:14). Someone once said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light,” which happened to be the Torah when reading this in its context (Matthew 11:30).

    Some tell me that they cannot accept Torah because they cannot live their life according to a book. I tell them that I must accept Torah because I cannot live my life according to others’ opinions. Indeed, the Torah is the most liberating piece of work ever written.

  5. I just want to thank you Nehemia for your insights. I have cerbral palsy and it is a blessing to dig into the word; with your help.

  6. It was Hillel and it is part of a story about the difference between Hillel and Shammai. The man came first to Shammai to learn the Torah standing on one foot, and Shammai thought the man was mocking him and threw him out. So the man came to Hillel, who taught him “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. The rest is commentary; now, go and study it.”

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