Daily Archives: July 5, 2018

July 5 – Beatitudes Study Day 33

This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

Micah 6:8

The Lord’s Case Against Israel

Listen to what the Lord says:
“Stand up, plead my case before the mountains;
    let the hills hear what you have to say.
“Hear, you mountains, the Lord’s accusation;
    listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth.
For the Lord has a case against his people;
    he is lodging a charge against Israel.
“My people, what have I done to you?
    How have I burdened you? Answer me.
I brought you up out of Egypt
    and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you,
    also Aaron and Miriam.
My people, remember
    what Balak king of Moab plotted
    and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,
    that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”
With what shall I come before the Lord
    and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

Listen! The Lord is calling to the city—
    and to fear your name is wisdom—
    “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.
10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house,
    and the short ephah, which is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales,
    with a bag of false weights?
12 Your rich people are violent;
    your inhabitants are liars
    and their tongues speak deceitfully.
13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you,
    to ruin you because of your sins.
14 You will eat but not be satisfied;
    your stomach will still be empty.
You will store up but save nothing,
    because what you save I will give to the sword.
15 You will plant but not harvest;
    you will press olives but not use the oil,
    you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
16 You have observed the statutes of Omri
    and all the practices of Ahab’s house;
    you have followed their traditions.
Therefore I will give you over to ruin
    and your people to derision;
    you will bear the scorn of the nations.”

SOAP Note

What Do You Want From Me? | Becky Newman

Scripture

Micah 6:8

Observation

The message in Micah 6 is similar to that in the readings the last couple of days — God desires mercy from us, not sacrifice. The type of mercy He desires should not be like a light switch we can turn on and off. Rather, it should be embedded in our soul, part of our divine transformation as we make ourselves available to God as a living sacrifice. God answers our question of “what do You want from me?” here in Micah 6:8. The answer is: to be just, merciful, and humble under God.

Application

As I wrote the last two words “under God”, You put our country’s Pledge of Allegiance on my heart, very appropriate as we celebrate the birth of our nation this week. Our pledge has “justice for all” in it and “one nation under God”, but it’s missing the mercy of what God requires of us. Maybe it’s because justice and mercy don’t seem to mesh well. Justice is getting what’s deserved while mercy is the act of not giving someone what they deserve. In my own power, these things are impossible, but with You at work within me, I can do all that You require.

Prayer

As I make myself available under You, transform me, Lord, so these things You require are woven into the fabric of my soul, that You would be pleased and glorified. God, bless the USA and help us as a country, government and citizens, to get better at loving mercy.

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