Saturday, September 29, 2012


In the sixth chapter of the Book of Micah, he wrote of God saying He had a controversy (complaint) with (against) His people Israel (6:1-3).  The LORD asks Israel to remember His benevolence toward them in releasing them from Egyptian bondage, and guiding the prophet Balaam to speak up for them (6:4-5).  Micah had previously told them that their Messiah would come (5:2), but surprisingly, He will not rescue them from persecution for a long period of time, which will actually be the length of the Church Age, and include Daniel's Seventieth Week(5:3-8: Dan. 9:27; Mt. 24:29-30; Rev. 19:11-16).  Then, He will return and conquer Israel's enemies (5:9-15). 

In the mean time, Israel needed quit "being religious" by sacrifices which not only included livestock, but some even wondered if, like Abraham, they might be expected to offer their sons (6:6-7).  The LORD responded by saying, "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Mic. 6:8).
If Israel (and born again believers), would do those things, He would be pleased.

DO JUSTLY - מִשְׁפָּט (mishpat), meaning to act toward others according to God's Law.  When a person treats others under the guidelines of the Law, he is, in effect, loving them.  The Apostle Paul wrote, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Gal. 5:13-14 - see also Lev. 19:18; Mt. 5:43-48; 7:12; 22:40; Rom. 13:8-10; 1 Thes. 3:11-13; 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 Jn. 3:23).

LOVE MERCY - חֶסֶד (checed), meaning to enjoy showing those who offend, forgiveness and kindness.  Paul wrote, "Charity (love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil: rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things" (1 Cor. 13:4-7).

WALK HUMBLY - צָנַע (tsana`), meaning to live my life with humility based upon the awareness that every good thing about me, has been given to us by God's grace.  Again, Paul wrote, " But by the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me" (1 Cor. 15:10).  God resists the proud (Jam. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5), and Jesus set the example of humility for us (Jn. 13:3-17; Phil. 2:3-10).

If you really love God, you will be just, be forgiving, and be humble!

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