God takes us to court
In the reading from Micah, God takes the believer to court. And the believer - which is us - answers (The Message):
6 How can I stand up before God and show proper respect to the high God? Should I bring an armload of offerings topped off with yearling calves? 7 Would God be impressed with thousands of rams, with buckets and barrels of olive oil? Would he be moved if I sacrificed my firstborn child, my precious baby, to cancel my sin?
This morning we heard another part of Paul’s first letter to the congregation in Corinth.
There are two reasons that I like this passage.
The first is that we can see Paul as a real person.
We can lose track of that when reading the Epistles. Paul comes across like a university lecturer, writing sentences that go on for ever... if not a lecturer, then surely a lawyer. Erudite. Learned. Taking care with each phrase, subclauses upon subclauses, constructed to support his arguement.
The year is AD 57, about 25 years after Jesus ministry.
Paul is probably in Ephesus - on the west coast of present-day Turkey. And he is thinking about one of the congregations he founded - the congregation in Corinth, 300km by sea from Ephesus. Corinth is an important city with inhabitants that come from all over. And some of those people have become Christians and joined that fledgling congregation.