I have read the book of Micah several times over the years. Today while reading and reflecting on this book for a weekly class assignment it appeared to me that some real gross irony was happening from verse 3-7
“Mic 6:3 “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!Mic 6:4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.Mic 6:5 O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the LORD.”Mic 6:6 “With what shall I come before the idol, and bow myself before idol on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?Mic 6:7 Will the idol be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
Using ESV version, I have replaced “Lord” and “God” with “Idol.“ To my reading it seems that God is asking the Israel nation if they want Him to offer sacrifices to their idols and false gods. The real crunch though is in the last verse here … Shall I offer my first-born for my own sins?