8 He has told you, O man, 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?
Micah wrote his chapters in the bible to warn Israel and Judah about God’s judgement if His laws were not obeyed. God is building a case against them and there will be consequences for their behavior. How interesting–we deal with this issue in our house every day!
I try to warn the children (even though I did point out yesterday that they are perfect) that there are consequences to actions. Some consequences are natural–they happen as a result of actions without any intervention by an authority figure. For example–if you don’t keep an umbrella in your backpack, you will get wet when you walk home. There are also logical consequences– actions that fit the situation and are engineered by an authority figure–AKA Mom and Dad. This means that when you forget your umbrella and are getting wet, Mom and Dad will not bail your wet butt out and pick you up at school so don’t even bother calling because the answer is no.
And like God, I do “warn” although I prefer to use the words, “suggest” and “remind.” My perfect children prefer the words, “nag” and “old bat” which is why I won’t pick up their wet butts from school when it is raining. Another natural consequence.
God was using Micah to remind Israel and Judah of their behavior and potential consequences in earlier verses. But, rather than just say, “Oh no, you are not listening to God and BOY is He going to be pissed,” (which is probably what it says in The Message), he reminds them what God wants them to do. He reminds them HOW they should be acting.
- Do justice
- Love kindness
- Walk humbly with your God
I’m working on my personal commandments–you can see them on the right side of the page. I could probably get rid of all of them and use just these three and not miss anything.
Some people say they don’t like the Bible because it is so old and has no relevance in their lives today. This right here seems to stand the test of time, never mind that it was written in the 8th centenary.
How much better would our time on this world be if we practiced what Micah “suggested” we do?