This is the 3rd article in a series called “The 68Mission.” The series examines the potential impact of Micah 6:8 on the church today. In “Part 1 – God’s Case Against His People,” I described how Micah 6 is presented as a covenant lawsuit that God is bringing against Israel in Micah’s day. In “Part 2 – The Nature of God’s Requirements,” I examined the three timeless commands God gives to all people: do justice, love steadfastly, and walk humbly with God.
How does Micah 6:8 relate to churches today?
An application of Micah 6:8 would have us live in three directions at once: toward God (though humility), toward one another (with steadfast love), and toward the world (with justice). We must always be mindful that God created us for relationships. In Genesis 1:26-27, we relate to God as our Creator, to each other as male and female, and to the world by dominion/management of it. (more…)
This is the 2nd article in a series called “The 68Mission.” The series examines the potential impact of Micah 6:8 on the church today. In “Part 1 – God’s Case Against His People,” I described how Micah 6 is presented as a covenant lawsuit that God brought against Israel in Micah’s day.
Micah 6:8 establishes God’s most fundamental and universal demands on humans. The requirements placed upon ancient Israel here are essentially the same requirements placed on us. These are not requests, and God has not changed his standards. (more…)
In a recent study of Micah 6:8, I came across a 27-year-old journal article (“An Expository Exegesis: Micah 6:6-8,” Faith and Mission Vol. 2, No. 2) written by Elmo Scoggin on the passage. This important verse is part of a larger context—a “covenant lawsuit.” God has brought a lawsuit against his people, and he plays four different roles as the case progresses: prosecuting attorney, bailiff, judge, and plaintiff. The list below is a very brief summary of the verses leading up to Micah 6:8.
- Micah 6:1 – The defendant, Israel, is called to the stand and challenged to speak up in self-defense.
- Micah 6:2 – The court issues various witnesses—the mountains and the foundations of the earth—to hear the Lord’s complaint.
- Micah 6:3 – With Israel on the stand, the Lord asks, “How have I made you too weary to serve me?”
- Micah 6:4-5 – Each year, Israel recited God’s deliverance of their lives at Passover. Now, the Lord uses the very same tactic and turns the tables on Israel. He recites their history himself. Scoggin writes, “Why, then, not return, repent, and serve God with joy? Surprise! Israel has become so insensitive to the deeper spiritual values that she now misses the point entirely… The glamor of formal, ritualistic religion has acted as a narcotic that has desensitized God’s people to the essence of true religion.”
Then we get to the heart of the matter. (more…)
Don’t you wish that life had only happiness and no sadness? Bob Ross explains why darkness has value.
The tenth chapter of the biblical Book of Ezra begins this way:
“1 While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him. 2 Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, a descendant of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God, for we have married these pagan women of the land. But in spite of this there is hope for Israel. 3 Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and to send them away with their children. We will follow the advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God. Let it be done according to the Law of God. 4 Get up, for it is your duty to tell us how to proceed in setting things straight. We are behind you, so be strong and take action.”
The longing of every true and faithful servant of God’s people is to lead a repentant congregation that stands ready “to proceed in setting things straight.” Repentance, however, is rare in our day.
Repentance is dependent on at least three factors being present within us:
- We must be willing to examine our lives according to God’s standards.
- We must be willing to be humbled.
- We must be willing to pay the cost of setting our past errors straight and living life God’s way from this point forward.
Are we willing to repent? If so, God will visit us and heal us.
“On earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus taught us to pray that way, which also requires us to think that way.
Having a “heaven on earth” mindset is a powerful way to change your life. In this eleventh message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades connects the return of Christ to our daily experiences.
As believers, we pray, “Come quickly, Lord.” But we should not allow our prayer to turn into impatience.
In this tenth message from the series “The Lighthouse: Warnings from Second Peter to an Endangered Church,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how God’s plan requires us to exhibit God’s character.