Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 9, 2018

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”

Today’s devotion comes from Micah chapter 6.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Micah+6&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Hear now what the LORD is saying,
“Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
And let the hills hear your voice.
2 “Listen, you mountains, to the indictment of the LORD,
And you enduring foundations of the earth,
Because the LORD has a case against His people;
Even with Israel He will dispute.
3 “My people, what have I done to you,
And how have I wearied you?  Answer Me.
4 “Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt
And ransomed you from the house of slavery,
And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam.
5 “My people, remember now
What Balak king of Moab counseled
And what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
And from Shittim to Gilgal,
So that you might know the righteous acts of the LORD.”

6 With what shall I come to the LORD
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?
7 Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:1-8.

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In today’s chapter, the LORD justifies His indictment and punishment of Israel.

“Listen, you mountains, to the indictment of the LORD,
And you enduring foundations of the earth,
Because the LORD has a case against His people;
Even with Israel He will dispute.”  Verse 2.

Despite all the good that the LORD did for Israel, Israel acted wickedly.

The LORD did not require that Israel do many complex things for Him. “Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? …” Verse 7.

Rather, the LORD required a few simple things, namely “to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God”.  Verse 8.

These were not burdensome things to do, but they were good, simple, decent, and reasonable things to do that the LORD had every right to expect Israel to do in any event, but especially considering all the goodness shown to Israel.

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:29-30.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;  for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  …  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:16-18 and 22-23.


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