” With what shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? ” – Micah 6: 6 – 8 ( with recommended reading of Deuteronomy 10: 12 – 13 ).
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Joshua 1: 8 ” This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. “
This is the Prophet’s answer to a question which he puts into the mouth of his hearers. They had the superstitious estimate of the WORTH OF SACRIFICE, which conceives that the external offering is pleasing to God and can satisfy for sin. Micah and like other prophets wages war against that MISCONCEPTION of sacrifice, but does not hereby protest against its use.
One has heard people say: ” We do not quite see what you mean by REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD, and FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST “. This is the appealing crystal clear answer of the Prophet Micah:
” To do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God. That is my Religion, and I have all the rest to you. “
That is our Religion too, but notice that the Prophet read off rightly God’s wants, but he had not anything to say about God’s favor or gifts – The great central peculiarity and glory of Christianity is not that it reiterates or alters God’s requirements, but that it brings into view God’s provisions:
” To do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God, is possible only through REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD, and FAITH IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. “
Furthermore, this is just a glimpse of the truth to apprehend the LIGHT ( “ in Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men – John 1: 4 ) that shines from heaven.