TEXT: Micah 6:8
INTRO: Micah 6:8 gives us clear guidance on how to live life as Christians in just three terms.
I. SELF-FOCUS CAN DISTORT A GODLY LIFE.
A. Micah prophesied between 740-700 B.C., directed at both Judah and Israel. Both nations became so self-absorbed they disregarded God’s commands to help the poor and powerless. Jm. 3:15-16, earthly wisdom is “earthly, natural, (both meaning not from God), there is disorder and every evil thing.”
II.THREE COMPONENTS TO RESTORE A GODLY LIFE.
A. God’s expectation “He has told you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you.” a.) “To do justice:” To “do” IS AN ACTIVE VERB. “righteousness” or “acting in a “straight, non-distorted manner. The purpose of justice: assure people live in righteousness and refuse unrighteousness. To do the right thing and deny the wrong thing. The right thing is to Deut. 10:17, Acts 10:34-35, and Rom. 2:11 = “there is no partiality with God.” I
1.a.)Righteousness and justice demand “fairness” as much as possible, so no one is cheated .
Prov. 21:15 “The execution of justice is joy for the righteous, but is terror to the workers of iniquity.”
B. Justice is separated from injustice by willingness to put others before self.
True justice promotes harmony and peace among neighbors.
a.) “to love mercy.” The Hebrew= “hesed” = “kindness. loyalty or faithfulness.”
Jn. 8:1-11, Jesus shows pity on a a guilty woman by forgiveness and a second chance.
Eph. 2:4, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”
The purpose of mercy is to assure that justice is not bound by the “letter of the Law, but by the “spirt of the Law.” 2 Cor. 3:6, “The letter [of the Law] kills, but the Spirit [of the Law] gives life.”
Mercy is willing to overlook an offense and offer forgiveness and help for the needy, even when it is undeserved.
Mercy is to have sympathy for and empathy with someone who is in trouble for any reason,
C. “and to walk humbly with your God.” humility = “be made low.”
To walk humbly with God is to trust God so much, you don’t worry about your rights, only His glory.
Lk. 22:42, Jesus is about to die and He is praying in the garden and says, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me, yet not My will but Yours be done.”’
III. TWO SOCIETAL ISSUES THIS PASSAGE CAN ADDRESS.
A.Issue #1: biological males who identify as females competing against females in sports.
Recall the purpose of justice: justice is to assure “fairness” as much as possible, so no one is cheated by another. “Equality for all can be the most unfair thing of all.”
The issue must not be based on equality at all, whether it be on gender or physical prowess. Rather, it must be based on the benefit of ‘fairness” for the greatest number of participants.
No people are excluded, only choices, and those for the benefit of the most people included.
B.Issue #2: Immigration. Matt. 25:31-40, Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me. I was in prison and you visited Me.” He adds, “to the extent you did [these things] for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”
Jesus on the cross: justice, mercy, and humility before God. Thus, He is our answer to the world’s questions.