“He Has Shown You”
Micah 6:8 It is as plain as the nose on your face.
“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?”
Who was Micah and when and where did he live?
Chapter 1, verse 1 of this book answer most of this question. “The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.” ___________
The book of Micah is significant on several fronts. This common farmer heard from God and gave His people warnings and words of hope. In the hope category let me just relate these:
1. Micah informed the nation where Messiah would be born: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet one will come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel.” Micah 5:2
2. Micah also provided insight into Messiah’s nature: “Whose going forth are from of old, from everlasting.” Micah was informed by God that the Eternal One would be born in Bethlehem.
3. Micah prophesy’s about the millennial reign of Christ and gives the key characteristic, 5:5: “And this One shall be peace.”
Chuck Swindoll provides a key insight: “Much of Micah’s indictment against Israel and Judah involves these nations’ injustice toward the lowly—unjust business dealings, robbery, mistreatment of women and children, and a government that lived in luxury off the hard work of its nation’s people.” ____________________ ____________________________________________________________________ We are tempted to say, ‘I wish I knew what God wanted me to do.’ ______________
Remember this scene from the New Testament? Matthew 19:16-24.
This young man took pains to be legal but fell short of being right. Just because something is legal in the eyes of the world does not make it just in the eyes of God.
This instruction was given to the Church in the 1st Century as well: James 1:27 – “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this; to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” ______
____________________________________________________________________ Hebrews 12:1&2 tells us to run the race unencumbered, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
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