Chapter 25 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “What does the Lord require of you?” (Micah 6.8).
This should be one of our greatest concerns, “What does God require of us?” Hawkins says:
God is rich in mercy and full of grace, yet He requires certain things of us who are citizens of His kingdom. Sometimes we think that because our sins are forgiven, it really doesn’t matter how we live. Wrong! And the prophet Micah, who wrote seven hundred years before Christ, understood that.
Micah is best known as the one who foretold that the coming Messiah would be born in the tiny, seemingly insignificant village of Bethlehem: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5: 2). Micah is also known for his very practical teaching in chapter 6. The lesson comes in a combination question/ answer verse: the answer is embedded in the very question it asks! “What does the LORD require of you . . .” His three-part answer immediately follows: “Do justly . . . love mercy . . . and walk humbly with your God” (6: 8). These three actions are not suggestions. Nor are they mere options. These behaviors— related to our actions, our affections, and our attitudes— are “required” of each of us.
As believers, we should live differently from those around us. Our actions should always be moral, ethical, and just. God requires us to “do justly” in our own actions and to defend those who are treated unjustly.
God’s people should “love mercy.” The author says:
Mercy is best defined as “not getting what we deserve,” whereas grace is “getting what we don’t deserve.” Micah’s instruction means that we are required to give people what they don’t always deserve; we are to cut them some slack and show them some mercy.
If we truly love God we will show it by loving others and that love is often demonstrated through mercy.
Hawkins points out that we are to walk humbly before God and others, and walk refers to how we live our lives.
Christ, Our Example
Again, quoting the author:
And Jesus is our ultimate example. Knowing that divine justice demanded payment for the penalty of mankind’s sin, and even though He Himself never sinned, Jesus went to the cross to “do justly.” And from the cross we see how He loved mercy, saying to those who had driven the spikes into His hands, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23: 34). Did He walk humbly? Even on the evening of His betrayal and arrest— the evening of His greatest need— Jesus was on His knees, washing His disciples’ feet (John 13: 1– 17).
I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.
Next week’s question: “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear?” (Habakkuk 1.2).
Last week’s question: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (Jonah 4.4). Read it here.
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