Micah 6 has the prophet putting God’s people on trial. Micah pictures a court of law, with Israel trying to defend themselves before the Lord. They are facing the testimony of unshakable witnesses (the mountains and the foundations of the earth), the court comes to order. They are standing before the judge who reminds them of the history of their relationship. “I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam”.
God reminds His people of the redemption He did for them when He saved them from slavery in Egypt. They quickly forgot His faithfulness, and the freedom He gave them to enter the Promised Land. He provided leaders to take them from a place of slavery to a place of freedom and plenty. But they quickly forgot and followed false gods and prophets. How can that happen? They see God lead them faithfully for 40 years and give them all they could ever want in the Promised Land, yet they turn their eyes to idols and other gods and fall into “the sin of my soul”.
God’s desire and expectations are pretty simple. “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”? God has shown them clearly what is good and what is required, yet they ignore that and chase after other things. It’s three simple things:
- Do justly: Act in a just, fair way towards others. Treat them they way you want to be treated.
- Love mercy: Don’t just show mercy, but love to show it. Give others the same measure of mercy you want to receive from the Me.
- Walk humbly with your God: Remember who I am – your God. If you keep that in mind, you will walk humbly before Me.
Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon on how to walk humbly with God:
- Walk humbly when you are spiritually strong
- Walk humbly when you have much work to do
- Walk humbly in all your motives
- Walk humbly studying God’s word
- Walk humbly when under trials
- Walk humbly in your devotions
- Walk humbly between you and your brothers in Christ
- Walk humbly when dealing with sinners
It’s not difficult, it is a choice!
But God’s people don’t do those three simple things. They insist on doing things their own way. And as a result, Micah makes it clear what lies ahead. “Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins”. Sin always carries a price, and it costs more than we want to pay. Sin is always a choice. God will deal with it. We have to learn to walk with Him and do the three things Micah instructs!