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Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8 He has shown you o man, what is good

The Context

The children of Israel had wandered away from God. They had inherited the Promised Land and in their joy of receiving the promise, they had forgotten the true God Jehovah. 

God raised up the prophet Micah to speak to His people. He reminded them that He was the one that had delivered them from bondage. He didn't want sacrifices. 

Digging In

The prophet Micah was active during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. He had a first hand view of the idolatrous lifestyles of the Israelites.

Jotham was an okay king (he followed God but was cursed with leprosy near the end of his reign because he decided to burn incense to God). He was not able to motivate the children of Israel to serve the true God  (II Kings 15:34-35).

His son Ahaz was an idolater who sacrificed his sons to the god Baal (II Chronicles 28:1-4). Hezekiah was a good king but the people still followed after the Baals.

In chapters 2 & 3, Micah speaks about the condition of the state:

  • They abused their power 
  • Seized properties
  • Defrauded people
  • Men stole the inheritance of the people
  • People hated good and loved evil
  • People treated each other badly but still wanted God's help
  • Murder and corruption was rampant in the land
  • Officials accepted bribes

Let's look at a few of the original word meanings:

Justly: mishpat - a verdict pronounced favorably or unfavorably especially a sentence or judgement

Mercy: chesed - kindness(toward God), piety, loving mercy, mercy, pity, reproach

Humbly: tsana - to be humble, modest, lowly, to show humility

God's people were not serving him as they ought to.

  • They were worshiping other gods
  • Treating each other unfairly and unkindly

In short, they were doing every thing except what God had told them to do.

How It Applies to Us

God has told us what is required:

  • We are to treat others fairly.
  • We are to love justice
  • We are to have an intimate relationship with God. 
  • He wants us to do what is right and to walk humbly with him.

God's word reaches across the ages and speaks to us today. He doesn't want us to make sacrifices to Him. 

He wants us to have a relationship with Him. He wants us to treat each other with love the kind of love that covers all flaws. 

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