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PUNITIVE REDEMPTION

September 12, 2015

Saturday

 

Micah 6:8

 

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?

 

 

LESSON

 

No, these sacrifices were not what the Lord wanted. He had already told the Israelites what would be “good” (beneficial) for them when they sinned. He wanted each of His people to change his or her behavior. The address “O man” emphasizes the difference between God and man, particularly man’s subordination under God. It also connects Micah’s hearers, the people, not just the leaders, with the vain worshippers described in the two previous verses. Specifically, the Lord wanted His people to practice “justice rather than continuing to plot and practice unfairness and injustice toward one another. He also wanted them to “love kindness,” and to practice loyal love, by carrying through on their commitments to help one another, as He had with them. And He wanted them to “walk humbly with” Him, to live their lives modestly trusting and depending on Him, rather than arrogantly relying on themselves. There is a progression in these requirements, from what is external to what is internal, and from human relations to divine relations. Doing justice toward other people demands loving kindness, which necessitates walking humbly in fellowship with God.

You cannot do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God if you have unconfessed sin in your life! God’s will for your life can be known, should be known, and must be known. If by some chance, He allows you to understand that same will. That, my friend, is His grace being shown forth in your life!

 

Memory Verse: Numbers 5:6

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