What the Lord requires

Scripture: Micah 6

6 Listen to what the Lord says:
“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;
let the hills hear what you have to say.
2
“Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;
listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a case against his people;
he is lodging a charge against Israel.
3
“My people, what have I done to you?
How have I burdened you? Answer me.
4
I brought you up out of Egypt
and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you,
also Aaron and Miriam.
5
My people, remember
what Balak king of Moab plotted
and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
6
With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
9
Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
and to fear your name is wisdom—
“Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.
10
Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,
and the short ephah, which is accursed?
11
Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,
with a bag of false weights?
12
Your rich people are violent;
your inhabitants are liars
and their tongues speak deceitfully.
13
Therefore, I have begun to destroy you,
to ruin you because of your sins.
14
You will eat but not be satisfied;
your stomach will still be empty.
You will store up but save nothing,
because what you save I will give to the sword.
15
You will plant but not harvest;
you will press olives but not use the oil,
you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
16
You have observed the statutes of Omri
and all the practices of Ahab’s house;
you have followed their traditions.
Therefore I will give you over to ruin
and your people to derision;
you will bear the scorn of the nations.

Observation: Every time I visit my father in law lately, I have had opportunity to read the bible to him, and he has been trying to read through the bible again this year, so we’ve been through Ezekiel and starting in some of the minor prophet books. There were a lot of chapters just like this one, a lot of stern warnings, devastation, and consequences for sin. But he was always able to say there was hope. God always gave them hope, despite what they had to endure for a while. It’s no different in this chapter.

Application: God says simply in verse 8 to act justly and love mercy and act humbly. Despite God’s anger, He still showed them the way to make it right. The way back to God’s favor. Act justly to one another, which will automatically mean you are showing mercy to others. If you are doing this with the right motives, this is humbleness to God.

Prayer: Lord, you always point us to you, even when we clearly sin against you. Thank you for your everlasting love. We know that we face consequences sometimes for our actions, but you always have a plan to pull us back into righteousness. Help us to always act justly and extend mercy to our fellow man. Show us how to be humble before you and act accordingly. In Jesus name, amen.

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