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Mandatory Requirement | Excerpts from Micah

As we approach Christianity’s grandeur celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection… we will embark on a 3-Sunday series on what God requires of His people, and the justice, mercy and humility of God through Jesus’ journey toward His cross.

We are called to a Mandatory Requirement, to love God by living a life of justice, mercy and humility.

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?  Micah 6:8

This famed verse is scripted on greeting cards, posters, wall hangings and one of the first verses I was taught to memorize.  Its popularity may be due to it’s practical command for Christian men.  Although not exclusive to men, verse 8 has become a beautiful outline for Christians to exemplify.

  • When we consider the backdrop of Israel and her rebellion and sins, verse 8 is a call to repent and return to worship and love God.
  • The theme of Micah (ESV reference) is judgment and forgiveness. The Lord, the Judge who scatters his people for their transgressions and sins, is also the Shepherd-King who in covenant faithfulness gathers, protects, and forgives them.

God need not justify His actions or character.  But in v.3-4 is yet another reminder of His covenant character of faithfulness and deliverance – in spite of His children’s wickedness.

  • “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, Micah 6:3-4
  • Micah catalogs specific sins of both the northern and southern kingdoms. These sins included idolatry (Mic. 1:7; 5:12–14); the seizure of property (2:2, 9); the failure of civil leadership (3:1–3, 9–10; 7:3), religious leadership (3:11), and prophetic leadership (3:5–7, 11); the belief that personal sacrifice satisfies divine justice (6:6–7); and corrupt business practices and violence (6:10–12). (ESV Study Bible)

The hope of God through the truths in Micah 6:8 is that God’s call is accompanied by HIs great justice, kindness and humility towards His people!