Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Micah Chapter 6
Metaphysically Interpreting Micah 6:1-5
6:1Hear ye now what Jehovah saith:
Arise, contend thou before the mountains,
and let the hills hear thy voice.
6:2Hear, O ye mountains, Jehovah's controversy,
and ye enduring foundations of the earth;
for Jehovah hath a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.
6:3O my people, what have I done unto thee?
and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.
6:4For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt,
and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage;
and I sent before thee Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
6:5O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised,
and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him;
remember from Shittim unto Gilgal,
that ye may know the righteous acts of Jehovah.
Metaphysically Interpreting Micah 6:6-8
6:6Wherewith shall I come before Jehovah,
and bow myself before the high God?
shall I come before him with burnt-offerings,
with calves a year old?
6:7will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams,
or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
shall I give my first-born for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
6:8He hath showed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth Jehovah require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with thy God?
Metaphysically Interpreting Micah 6:9-16
6:9The voice of Jehovah crieth unto the city,
and the man of wisdom will see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
6:10Are there yet treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
and a scant measure that is abominable?
6:11Shall I be pure with wicked balances,
and with a bag of deceitful weights?
6:12For the rich men thereof are full of violence,
and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
6:13Therefore I also have smitten thee with a grievous wound;
I have made thee desolate because of thy sins.
6:14Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied;
and thy humiliation shall be in the midst of thee:
and thou shalt put away, but shalt not save;
and that which thou savest will I give up to the sword.
6:15Thou shalt sow, but shalt not reap;
thou shalt tread the olives, but shalt not anoint thee with oil;
and the vintage, but shalt not drink the wine.
6:16For the statutes of Omri are kept,
and all the works of the house of Ahab,
and ye walk in their counsels;
that I may make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof a hissing:
and ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
November 20, 1927: Micah 6:1-13
Why were the old Bible teachers so loud in their denunciation of evil and of evildoers? Under the old race dispensation, methods of reformation were based on fear: man was a sinner and must be scared into righteousness. This method has been superseded by the new method of reformation, which teaches and preaches the love of God and the necessity of understanding His law. Even in the present century we see an entire change of front on the part of revivalists: They used to preach fear of God and hell-fire as reformatory measures; now they preach the love of God and the beauty of holiness.
Today where do we look for the causes of oppression, covetousness, and dishonesty? The understanding that all causes arise in the mind, forces us to search ourselves and cast evil thoughts out of our own minds. When we have done this we are ready to help others to make a like overcoming.
When is the best time for us to perform this bit of mental surgery? In today’s lesson the prophet says, “When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.” Modern metaphysicians find that early morning is the best time for discipling thoughts.
What does Jehovah require of us? He hath showed thee O man, what is good and what doth Jehovah require.
September 2, 1934: Micah 6:1-12
What is an enlightened age? An age in which the principles of Truth are given practical expression by both the individual and society may be considered highly enlightened.
Does the present age come within this definition? Not altogether. Compared with past ages ours is enlightened, but compared with the understanding to be gained in future ages we see that the enlightenment of our time is limited.
Give the meaning of “Micah” and tell what the name represents. Micah means “Who is like Jehovah?” and represents the individual consciousness of man awakening to the truth of his being and realizing that his true nature is Godlike.
What comparison can be made between Christlikeness and a formal compliance with law or custom? The two are utterly unlike, hence no comparison is possible. No formal observance of law can take the place of honest, justice, kindness, humility, or any other Christlike quality.
Explain the terms “wicked balances,” “deceitful weights,” and “scant measure” in the text of this lesson. These are tokens of injustice, unkindness, pride, and arrogance, none of which have any place or part in the Christ consciousness.
To what does the expression “the city” refer? This has reference to Jerusalem, which represents the heart of man. The heart requires spiritual expression, but the power to achieve this may be suppressed by the evils that man allows to enmesh him.
What symbology shows that the I AM perceives the character of the ideal set before man? The expression “The man of wisdom will see thy name” embodies this truth.
What does “the rod” signify? The rod is a symbol of the “stripes” that man brings upon himself when he knowingly or unknowingly goes counter to the divine law.
What is one of the names of Jehovah found in the Old Testament? In the Old Testament Jehovah is often called the law.
September 17, 1939: Micah 6:6-8
Where does one truly meet God? One meets and knows God in the purposes and intentions of one's own heart rather than in outer observances or ceremonies.
What unconditional requirements are 'made of man if he is to do good or be Godlike? To prove himself Godlike or a son of the Highest, man must be just and kind toward his fellow men and himself as "well, and humbly obedient to the Highest. This means that he must look to the higher wisdom for guidance at all times rather than lean on his own understanding.
June 29, 1947: Micah 6:1-8
Until that time comes what may we expect? "Jehovah's controversy" or the manifesting of the law of cause and effect through negative channels, in wars, calamities, and tribulations.
May 21, 1950: Micah 6:6-8
Is the observance of ceremonial rites and accepted ritual of any benefit to a person in the development of a sense of true values? Yes, when spiritually understood. Rites and ceremonies in themselves do not touch the realm of spiritual principles, but when understood and observed spiritually they add depth to the individual life.
Can a person's character be transformed merely through his giving or using his possessions for religious purposes or for purposes of social benefit? No. Unless his giving or use of his possessions is motivated by a spirit of justice, love, and humility the character of a person remains under the domination of self-interest.
What are the requirements we must meet to live a truly upright life? The requirements are few but strict: "What doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
Transcribed by Tracie Louise on 12-01-2013