Micah 6:8 (NRSV)
8 He has told you, O mortal, 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?
In the Old Testament not only do we see the revelation of who God is, we also see the fundamental nature of how human beings are to relate to Him. There are several key passages that summarize and capture the latter: the Ten Commandments, the Shema in Deuteronomy 6, and this passage in Micah 6:8.
What is the difference of these three requirements vs. premeditated, periodic external actions that some at the time (and now) consider as what faith/relationship with God consists of?
Do you see doing justice with the same necessity and fundamental importance as the other two when it comes to following the Lord?
“Most people know that Jesus came to bring love and mercy, but few recognize that he also came to bring justice. In the book of Isaiah, the Lord expresses the Messiah’s mission in this way: ‘I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations’ (Isa. 42:1). The hope of Israel was that a messiah would come and restore the beautiful order of God’s creation.” [Jeremy Treat, Seek First, Kindle location 1940]
Let’s worship to the song, “God of Revival” (click here) by Bethel Music.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for fulfilling and living out doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. Fill me with your power to do the same! In Jesus’s name, Amen.