What Have I Done Unto Thee?

Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.  O my people, what have I done unto thee?  and wherein have I wearied thee?  testify against me.  For I brought thee out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

Micah 6:2-4

This book was written about a thousand years after the events that the Lord mentions in these verses.  In that thousand years, the people had drifted away from the Lord and had started worshipping idols.  They had strayed far, far from the Lord and judgment was coming.  But in verse two, the Lord says that “he will plead with Israel.”  He is still going to plead with them to return to Him before the judgment comes.  And He asks them two biting questions in verse three: “what have I done unto thee?” and “wherein have I wearied thee?”  He then tells them to “testify against me.”

God offers the Israelites an opportunity to air their grievances against Him.  What has He done to them?  Has He hurt them?  Did He do evil in delivering them out of their slavery in Egypt?  Did He wrong them by redeeming them and providing for them in the wilderness?  Was it bad of Him to give them a land “flowing with milk and honey?”  Did it make them angry that He gave them chance after chance to return to Him?  Maybe they weren’t happy with His longsuffering and mercy.  These questions should have reduced the people to tears and turned them to immediate repentance.  But it didn’t.

When we stray from the Lord, I can imagine Him asking us those same questions.  The next time we find ourselves not doing what He wants us to do, we would be wise to consider these questions.  Hopefully our answer will be different.

2 responses to this post.

  1. His questions bring me to tears, just thinking of times that I have complained. Thank you for this reminder that I have nothing to complain about, but plenty to thank Him for. God bless you as you consider His goodness today!


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