WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF YOU?
Jesus Christ spoke of "justice, mercy, and faith" and of them said
we "ought to" do these things. That means it is to our advantage to
live with these three attributes as our character traits.
Visitors to our nation's capital enjoy the beauty of the Library of
Congress Building. In it are beautifully decorated alcoves providing
reading rooms. The various alcoves are dedicated to different
disciplines: art, history, science, philosophy, and religion. Each
alcove has a distinctive design and motto. The committee
responsible for choosing the motto for the religious alcove
requested prominent ministers to make suggestions. The one
chosen: "What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
When President Jimmy Carter took the oath of office as our
nation's leader he quoted the prophet Micah: "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?"
The prophet Micah, our Great High Priest Jesus Christ, and our
former President Jimmy Carter all appeal for us to make these
traits our habitual lifestyle. In our current carnal culture these
attributes need to be modeled.
At a time in the life of ancient Israel when moral depravity and
religious decadence corrupted the people, God sent forth four
prophets simultaneously to preach to His people.
Amos and Hosea were His heralds in the North.
Isaiah and Micah sounded forth the truth in the South.
Amos preached justice.
Hosea struck the note of love.
Isaiah called for reverent, humble fellowship with God.
Micah gathered the gist of all three and summarily said, "What
does the Lord require of you but to do justly, To love mercy, and
walk humble with your God?" (6:8).
Three virtues are mentioned in our text that are described by God
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