A former US presidential candidate, and current US Senator, just asked potential US Attorney General candidate Merrick Garland if he would follow “The Micah Mandate” if he were to become the acting AG of the US Department of Justice.Continue reading
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God. Micah 6.8
It is true in many areas of life that knowing what is expected of us makes life easier. Our jobs would often be much more difficult, if not impossible to do, if we did not know what was expected of us. Not only adults are affected. Children would find it hard at school if they did not know what the teacher expected of them.
Have you ever contemplated how little we would know about God if the Bible did not exist? Life would be so much more difficult trying to please a god that had not communicated with his followers what he expected of them.
The good news is that God has communicated with man through his word which is contained in the Bible. Because of the writings of Moses, the prophets, and others, we have an accurate account of what God wants us to know. Not only does he want us to know, he expects us to search the Scriptures to discover the truth, Acts 17.30. He wants us to be open-minded and to examine the Scriptures to know what his will is for us , Acts 17.11.
He wants us to imitate his son, Jesus, I Corinthians 11.1. Micah, the prophet could have been describing Jesus in the above verse. Jesus promoted justice, was faithful, and was obedient even when it it brought suffering, Hebrews 5.7-9.
Now there can be a slight problem. Many people have a Bible, but have never opened it to read it. How can one know what is expected of him if he never makes an effort to find out? Jesus has spoken the very words that God told him to speak. We just have to read and believe, John 12.44-50. Are you reading? Do you believe?
Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Will the Lord accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil? Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion, my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God. Listen! The Lord is calling to the city! It is wise to respect your authority, O Lord! Listen, O nation, and those assembled in the city! Micah 6.7-9
God does not leave us in the dark about what he wants. He is very clear in his word. However, we are not convicted of that fact nor at times do we want to listen to what he has to say. We tell ourselves that is does not matter what we do, we will be accepted since he is a loving God. We go through the rituals thinking that is enough when we could not be further from the truth. God does not want ritual worship. The good thing is that for the one who is truly interested, God has told us what he wants. He is the source of all that is good. He has told us what he wants us to do. He wants us to promote justice. I need to live making choices that are right, correct. He wants me to be faithful. I must live out my faith believing in the one who makes that possible. Finally I must live obediently before God. He has put everything within my reach. It is all there in his word. I must make the effort to learn what his will is and obey it. I must respect his authority. Micah the prophet made this appeal hundreds of years ago to God’s people. It is an appeal that we still need to make today.
“Indeed, the residents of Maroth hope for something good to happen, though the Lord has sent disaster against the city of Jerusalem.”
One of the cities in the path of Sennacharib, Maroth hoped vainly for something good to happen, even in the face of disaster. Wishful thinking would be their destruction.
God speaks, making his will plain. People stand in the shadow of judgment and wish things were different. Will I listen to God or feed vain hopes?
“They are experts at doing evil; government officials and judges take bribes, prominent men announce what they wish and then they plan it out.”
The prophet laments the sins of God’s people. He finds no good fruit among them, vv. 1-2. Those who should be examples of good are experts at evil.
The Lord’s church must learn the hard lessons of Israel. Shall we mix evil with good? Let us remove all the leaven from among us.
*What does God require of us? Upgraded lessons by this title have been added to the Old Paths Archive.
Wat vraagt God van ons?
This lesson is from Micah 6:8 – “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?” (Micah 6:8).
On our final grade 12 examination in English composition in Saskatchewan the question was asked: “What is your goal in life?” I used this passage as a theme and explained that to obey this passage was my goal in life.
Everyone in Saskatchewan wrote the same official final examinations. I failed composition, which meant that I would also fail the year! Fortunately, one could have papers re-graded by a different person, so such was requested. When the paper was regraded, the grade was 50% higher, and I passed! Continue reading
Political turmoil was a norm in the days of the Lord; there might have been some stability, but when a political leader like Herod is able to kill who he wants and when he wants to, to say there in NOT turmoil is to be mistaken. Can you imagine living (always) in fear of someone behind you? This is how Herod lived, and when he heard of the Scriptures attesting to a new born king, that was enough to get him into action! R.C. Foster said that Herod died in March of 4 B.C., and if he saw to it that the males were killed at two years of age and younger, we get a time frame in which our Lord was born (D.A. Carson notes that some have attempted to take the years of our Lord’s birth to 2 B.C.). However, with that, we still don’t know exactly when it was – so how in the world can anyone assert that is was December 25th?! It may have been, but not a single one of knows this to be the case.
If the Lord was 33 years of age when He was crucified, at what year would His passing have been?
In 2:6 we read that in Bethlehem the Messiah would be born; this is how the religious leaders interpreted the Scripture in their day and this is what they told the king as well. “As shown by the rendering of the Targum Jonathan, the prediction of Micah v.2 was at that time universally understood as pointing to Bethlehem, as the birthplace of the Messiah” (Edersheim, Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 8, p. 206, 1904 edition). The significance of this remark by Edersheim will be seen when we take note how Orthodox Judaism now looks at the passage. This passage does not place the birth of the Messiah in the city (town, village) of Bethlehem, but only from the house of David who, himself, was born in Bethlehem. “… it is from this family that the Messianic king will emerge … Scripture does not mean that the Messiah’s birthplace will be the city of Bethlehem [as Christian writers propose] but that the Messianic king will be a descendent of the House of David which originated in Bethlehem” (Commentary on Micah 5:1, ArtScroll Tanach Series, Volume 2, p. 37).