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July 22 – Micah 6

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can 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. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. 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!

Micah prophesied to God’s people in Judah. He called them to repent and to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

Micah 6

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 Does God Want From Me? | Becky Newman

Scripture

Micah 6:8

Observation

This verse is preceded by a series of rhetorical questions asking what pleases God; the last question even foreshadows God’s sacrifice of His son for our transgressions. But it is not sacrifice that pleases God. Jesus addresses this too in Matthew 12:7 when he points the Pharisees to truly understanding what Hosea 6:6 means — “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” He wants our hearts. He wants our daily walk to show what is good — justice, mercy, humility — and to show it because we love Him, not because it’s required.

Application

I sense exasperation in Micah’s voice, the same that I feel the 748th time of correcting one of my kids for not following one of my basic rules. But He has shown us over and over the answer to the question — What does God want from me? — from the examples of Moses and the Israelites given here in Micah 6 to the countless testimonies of our brothers and sisters in Christ since then. I’m kind of stuck on the word “require” in this verse. In my work writing environmental compliance manuals, the word “require” is only used if it is from a federal, state, or local regulation on the books. The justice, mercy, and humility He wants of us is not a requirement of the law; I can’t get fined or jailed if I don’t humble myself before God because it’s a heart issue that a human can’t judge. But my ultimate Judge knows. My life should build and show the case that I am doing what God desires and requires of me. Each day, I should be showing the world my love for God by acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God.

Prayer

I desire to please You, Lord. Thank You for spelling out how so clearly. May my daily walk show how.

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