“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? Micah 6:6-7
What does God require of you? What can you bring to God that is worth any value to Him?
In this passage, Micah realizes his unworthiness before the Lord. He must be thinking that just he, himself, is not enough to offer to the Lord. He can only think of things he can bring to help sway the Lord in his favor. What if he brought an offering, and not just any offering, but thousands and ten thousands of offerings? Would this be enough to sway the favor of the Lord? What if he were to give his very own first born child to the Lord? Would that be enough to please Him?
The Lord’s requests are, however, different. He requires no more sacrifices and no more offerings for our sins. His Son, Jesus Christ, paid that penalty once and for all. Father God offered His Son as an offering for our sins… a free gift that only needs to be accepted.
- “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10
So, once we come through the blood of Jesus Christ for our forgiveness, freeing us from the offerings of tens of thousands of sacrifices, what is now required? We can continue in Micah for our answer…
- “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 6:8
The Lord requires our obedience… to act fairly, to love mercy forgiving much, and to walk without pride and arrogance, knowing that your price was paid not by you, but by the grace of God.
Spread His love and forgiveness to those with ears to hear!
“…Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”” Hebrews 4:7