“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.” (Micah 6:6-8)
Micah spoke for God during the reign of wicked Kings in Israel and Judah. They practiced things that were an affront to God. The 3 chapters in today’s reading (5, 6 & 7) show the outrage of God.
“I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles when I demolish your cities. I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.” (Micah 5:14,15)
Right in the middle of these three chapters that express God’s anger toward sinful, unrepentant people, you have Micah 6:6-8, where someone – probably Micah – asks the question, “What should I do? What should I bring before God Most High? In the light of my sin, what would please Him?”
It’s a question every human soul should ask. God has already shown us what He requires, and He restates it again here.
Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly with God.
This is the path of salvation.