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What Does the Lord Require of You?

Micah 6:6-8

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What does the Lord require? To do what is good.

With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
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.

Micah 6:6-8 NIV

Micah wrote to a nation that was floundering. They had turned from the Lord God to worshipping idols. They were a nation with many who are seeking their own gain at the expense of others. And they were facing imminent punishment from the Lord for their sin and idolatry.

In the midst of his message of impending doom, Micah gives voice to a question his listeners might have asked. What does the Lord require from me? Do I need to offer more sacrifices? Thousands of rams or rivers of olive oil? What will it take to turn away God’s wrath and make him look favorably on us again?

What Does the Lord Require?

And Micah responded that God has already told them what he required. “To act justly and to love mercy” parallels the command to love your neighbor as yourself. And “to walk humbly with your God” would relate to loving God with all that you are. That sums up all of the law and the prophets.

God does not demand great things from his people. Instead, he calls on us to faithfully obey his word. To love those around us. And to love him with all we are. No amount of sacrifice will substitute for a holy and godly life.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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