-The third section of the book begins with the break marking word “Hear (Shema, Micah 6:1).” This begins the prophet’s indictment from the LORD against His people (Micah 6:2). Reviewing the first two sections, Micah had first given the LORD’s case against the capitals (Micah 1:1) and then the leaders (Micah 3:1). God’s plea to them was sincere and practical. He had done so much for them in bringing them out of slavery and oppression from Egypt and had not wearied (to make tired, to wear out) them. He had purchased them as His people and sovereignly protected their posterity. He only wanted them to remember who He was and what great things He had accomplished in order to know Him in the present and enjoy His righteous acts (Micah 6:5). *Application* How quick are we to forget the over abundance and gracious acts of God in our own lives? He is good; therefore, just like the children of Israel, it makes no sense for us to turn to other idols and false gods in our affection and devotion. We were made by Him to worship Him alone. Our souls are never truly satisfied until we do. “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.” (Blaise Pascal) “Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for Yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in You; grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing Your will, no weakness from doing it; but that in Your light we may see light clearly, and in Your service find our perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (A prayer from St. Augustine: 354-430 A.D.)
-The requirements for coming to the LORD are enunciated in verses 6-8. God is NOT interested in the superficial and traditional religious activities of bowing down, bringing burnt offerings of calves and rams, rivers of presented oil, firstborn sacrifices, or the fruit of the body (asceticism) (Micah 6:7). What the LORD does require is the genuine good of acting justly (fairness, proper legality, no bribes, etc.), loving kindness (mercy, loyalty, faithfulness, unity, solidarity, grace), and walking humbly (to live modestly, carefully and cautiously, contrite spirit, NOT proud) with their God (Micah 6:8). *Application* There is perhaps no greater passage of Scripture in the Old Testament for what God desires from His people than this verse in Micah 6:8. If we can apply these three virtues in our lives we will be well on our way to living a life that is pleasing unto our God.
-“The voice of the LORD will call to the city—and it is sound wisdom to fear Your Name (Micah 6:9a).” *Application* The people had forgotten their God and had gone astray in their in beliefs and actions through disrespect. God calls out to us constantly for the purpose of drawing us to close relationship and fellowship with Him. It would behoove us to draw near to Him and remember all of His grace and goodness (Hebrews 4:16; 7:25; 10:22). This is the respect and adoration He deserves and expects from His creation. Bow your entire heart to Him and His ways with no further delay!
Verse to Memorize: Micah 6:8