What Does the Lord Require of You?

A word for 2021 - it’s known as the Micah Mandate.

In this passage of Micah 6, Israel had become a nation of greed, deceit, and violence (sound familiar?). God was not happy with Israel and Micah proclaims that God does not want their sacrifices and tells them what He requires of them instead.

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to DO JUSTLY, to LOVE MERCY, and to WALK HUMBLY with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Let’s break this down.

1. DO Justly - mishpat, mish-pawt'; from H8199; properly, a verdict (favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or divine law, individual or collective), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly, justice, including a participant's right or privilege (statutory or customary).

Doing justly is to create a world where all people have the same opportunities including the opportunity to receive Christ and know God. It is also administrating the Kingdom on Earth as in Heaven with decrees.

a. Decree a thing and it will be established (Job 22:28)

b. Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven (Matt 16:19)

c. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21)

2. LOVE Mercy - checed, kheh'-sed; from H2616; kindness; favor, good deed, (loving-) kindness, pity.

Mercy is not earned. It is a gift. We are a gift of the mercy of God, and we are to give mercy to others, as it was given to us.

a. Forgive so your father will forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)

b. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

c. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matthew 7:12)

d. Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31)

e. Faith without works is dead (James 2:20)

f. Give unto others (Luke 6:38)

g. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

3. WALK Humbly - tsana, saw-nah' H6800; a primitive root; to be humble, lowly.

Love God first and then love others. This is a command, not a request. We can only do this if we walk humbly with God.

a. Know that you can’t “do justly” or “love mercy” without the help of God, His son, and Holy Spirit (John 15:5)

b. Admit your wrongs. (Proverbs 28:13) Then Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD did not come upon them in the days of Hezekiah. (2 Chronicles 32:26)

Related Scriptures

  • "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)

  • “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)

  • “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)

  • “So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.” (Hosea 12:6)

  • "And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." (Mark 12:33)

  • "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” (Luke 11:42)

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