Micah 6:3 "My people, what have I done to you, And how have I wearied you? Answer Me.6With what shall I come to the LORD And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings? 7 Shall I present my first-born for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
For many people it is news to them, that God requires anything. God is there to give us what we want when we want it, and to get us out of trouble, when we canít get out by ourselves. Rather than a good shepherd, many would like to think of God as a good parent, always there, and ready to give everything to give me what I want. But our lesson today clearly tells us that God requires something of his people, and as a Christian, we are his people. God has shown us what is good. God has shown us his will. God requires that we do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.
It is that last thing, walk humbly with God, that gives us the strongest power for resisting temptation, overcoming evil, and for doing what God has called us to do. Walk with God, if Christians are to do this, who is leading the way? You or God? I can make it easier, if Christians are walking humbly with God, who is leading? It is very important, because I will argue that 99% of the evil in this world, is the result of people who: 1. do not walk with God, or 2. walk with God, but they try to lead God in the way he should go. Now the problem of either position, is that they are both idolatry, they both place either self, or something else in the place where God alone has the right to be, as the Lord, and Ruler of our lives - and of all creation.
If the principal is - Walk with God; then the rest of the text is the practical example where this idolatry leads. If we weary God by our sin, if we abandon God to go our own way, what price are we willing to pay to make peace with God? Our text asks - would you give your firstborn unto death, so that you could have peace with God? Would you give your new-born baby to suffer and die for your sin, so that you would have peace with God? It is clear that it is a rhetorical question, it expects the answer to be NO! It is something all parents know, for when it comes to children, you would give everything, so that they can have a good life.
But in these days, there is much idolatry. People believe they have a right to be happy. People believe that they have a right to be in control of their lives. People believe that their bodies are there own to do with as they see fit. People believe that the point of life is to satisfy the desires of their body. And all this is idolatry, some is open and outright, some is subtle, but in all of it something other than God stands in the center of that life, as Lord.
People have made a god out of sex, and it has become the center of many lives. This is a perversion, it is not what God created or intended. God created the woman for the man because it was not good for him to be alone, and the two became one, and God commanded them, be fruitful and multiply, and though because of sin, there would be pain in childbirth, there would also be a certain pleasure.
Now, because of the rampant idolatry, we kill the fruit of our bodies, we sacrifice our children to our pleasure, we sell the life which only God can give, we must, for it would be a constant reminder of our sin, we kill it, in the hopes that by doing so, our guilt will also go away. And we can this abomination, abortion.
All of this brings us back to the way in which we begun. God has shown us what is good. God shows us what is just. And was does God require of us? That we do justice. So it is that God has given us a message to share with the people of this world. It calls all to turn from idolatry of every form, and repent of their sin. It calls on us to teach all people Godís plan for marriage, and that sex is a gift of God which is not to be found outside of marriage.
And to those who turn from their sins, sorry for the evil they have done, taking responsibility and seeking to make peace. It is here that we can love mercy, and share with all repentant sinners the good news of forgiveness which is our by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. You see, God did give his only Son to suffering and death to pay the price that we might have forgiveness, peace, and life everlasting.