Scripture: Micah 5-7, Hebrews 7
Micah 6:6-8 What shall I bring to the Lord, the God of heaven, when I come to worship him? Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offerings to him? 7Will the Lord be pleased if I bring him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil? Shall I offer him my firstborn child to pay for my sins? 8No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.
I love verse 8—it’s one of the most often quoted verses in the Old Testament, and anticipates the simplicity of the New Testament and the Great Commandment.
Micah asks the question: what does God want from us? Is it burnt offerings? Is it sacrifices and gifts? Is it religious liturgies and ceremonies? No. What God wants is for us to do the right thing, show loyal love, and live in humble friendship with God.
“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.” (NIV)
Act justly. Do what is just. God wants us to do the right thing. Most of the time we know what that is! God cares about justice. He wants wrongs righted. He wants people treated well and fairly. He wants us to do the right thing.
Love mercy. Show constant love. God wants us to build loving and loyal relationships. God cares about relationships. He wants us to love people, to build friendships that are characterized by loyalty, faithfulness, mercy, forgiveness and love.
Walk humbly with your God. Live in humble fellowship with our God. God wants a relationship with us. Our religious ceremonies mean nothing if we are not walking in humble relationship with Him. I love the picture of walking with God. We are going somewhere together. What God really wants is for me to live in daily relationship with Him.
This is what God wants. All our religious activities are worthless if we’re not doing this. And so often, religious people are not doing this—which is why God said this through Micah. He doesn’t want our religious liturgies. He wants us to act justly, love deeply, and walk humbly with Him.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for keeping it simple. Help me keep it simple today and walk humbly with You.