If you have been around Christian circles for a while, I’m sure you have read and maybe even memorized Micah 6:8. It is a beautiful passage in which the prophet reacts to the rigid requirements of the sacrificial system and simply states what is truly required from those that want to serve the Lord God. I love this passage and like many others, I try to live it.
In Deuteronomy, that question also appears. Moses is speaking to God’s people and wants to point them in the right direction. Now, let’s be clear that this is before the writing of Micah, and the sacrificial system was newer and probably way more exciting. So, while I see the benefit of quoting Micah, loving Micah, and seizing upon Micah’s call; I also want us to hear Moses too…
10:12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. 13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.”
Moses also provides the reasoning behind this approach to God; namely to fear the Lord, please Him, love Him, and obey Him.
10:17 “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. 18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. 19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. 20 You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Your oaths must be in his name alone. 21 He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.”
So, let’s get this straight! Moses makes the claim that God requires His people to fear Him, please Him, love Him, and obey Him. This needs to be done because it is grounded in who God is and what He has done among His people. Verse 21 sums up the thought, “He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.”
Notice the invitation from Moses to the people in 10:16…“Therefore, change your hearts and stop being stubborn.” I think we get to Micah’s “do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” through Deuteronomy’s “fear Him, please Him, love Him, and obey Him.” And regardless of the way we want to walk with God, and regardless of the time period - we are invited to change our hearts and stop being stubborn!
We bow our Hearts
We bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes from evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols
So give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another… (Give us Clean Hands by MercyMe)
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