Many readers of this blog may have noticed occasional references to the MIQRA Institute, a small educational institute in Lincoln, NE that provides seminars and courses in biblical studies, theology, hermeneutics, and other topics. They are fabulous and consistently provide solid and sound teaching in the Word of God.
The President of MIQRA, Vern Steiner, provided the following excellent commentary on Micah 6:8 in their most recent ministry update that I wanted to share with my readers.
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
“While studying the line ‘to do justice,’ for example, I discovered that the ‘justice’ in view is rooted in the character and will of God the Creator and Covenant LORD, not in what we or the laws of the land define as fair, impartial, or due punishment in the interest of social equality or national security. The biblical accent…falls more on bringing justice to people than on bringing people to justice. And we do so, that is, we do justice, especially when we intervene on behalf of the wronged, the suffering, or the marginalized and take action in righting the situation. It is obvious, then, that doing justice requires God’s people to approach, say, the issue of immigration in this country with an entirely different set of criteria from those that pass as appropriate legal policy. This is because God’s version of justice, oriented to Creation and measured by the Cross, looks different from anything the world calls ‘just’.”
WOW! YES! Is anyone else out there approaching the issue of immigration in the US this way?? Praise the Lord for a view on immigration that isn’t based in fear but in love. That, my friends, in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There’s more where that came from at the MIQRA Institute. Check them out!