Summary: To establish that God has shown us His righteousness and given us commandments to obey. They are: to do justly, to love mercy, and, to walk humbly before Him. This lesson describes the evils and wickedness in high places! It also provides hope to our Nation during this pandemic.
1. That We Do Justly
2. That We Love Mercy
3. That We Walk Humbly
1. In our lesson today, we will discuss the theme: "What doth God Require?" Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, and both ministered in the Southern Kingdom (Judah). The name Micah means, "Who is like Jehovah?" The theme of Micah is: “To hear.” A recurring theme unto God's people: “The first of all commandments are to: Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord...There are no other commandments greater than these,” Mark 12:29-31. Isaiah prophesied in the king's court; while, Micah humbly spoke unto the ordinary people. Micah, like Amos prophesied strongly against immorality, social injustices, and the oppression of the poor, by the rich and powerful. These seem to be similar sins that now plague our Nation, along with the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Micah was answering the question of the people: “Wherewith shall I come before the LORD?” Micah responded: “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good (righteous), and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:6-8. These are qualities of faith and obedience that God delights in His people. We will notice what God requires; and how, this Nation has: “fallen short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.
2. First, we will observe that God requires that: “we do justly” before Him, our brethren, and our fellow-man: regardless of their religious, racial, or economic standing in life. God has somewhat against Judah; and, with America as well. They were dealing treacherously, dishonestly and without integrity among each other, and with their fellow-man. The rich set out to oppress the poor. The merchants defrauded and deceived their customers. And their religious establishment permitted their immorality, injustices, and corrupt practices to go unchecked. Micah was crying out within the land against the people, while Isaiah was accusing: "That the leaders of this people have caused them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed,” Isaiah 9:16. Is there one crying out in this land, to do justly unto all men, that God might be well pleased?
3. Second, we will consider that God requires that: “we love mercy” and show compassion and goodwill unto all men. We are witnessing a time of sickness and death in America; none have seen, since the "flu pandemic of early 1900." What are missing during this pandemic are: love, mercy, and compassion for those that are sick and dying. This Nation has suffered the loss of over 120,000 people to the coronavirus; yet, not one religious leader has offered a prayer for this Nation. Instead of working together, we have an Administration thwarting the health and welfare of this Nation. The President is golfing, while the Nation is burying its dead in mass graves. There is no national policy, plan, or response to this terrible pandemic. Where is the mercy and compassion for the American people? Why don't our religious leaders speak out against what seems to be a terrible injustice to portions of America's population? Micah yet cries: “Who is a God like unto thee?” There is none so just as the King of Kings, and none so merciful, who pardons, “the remnant of His heritage.” And His: “hand is stretch out still to pardon and forgive Judah, and America of all her iniquities,” Isaiah 9:17. For if this Nation: "Should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though he is not far from every one of us,” Acts 17:27; Isaiah 55:6-11.
4. Lastly, we will investigate that God requires, that: “we walk humbly before Him.” If there is one sin that magnifies all others in this Nation, it is a sin of pride. One people think itself more superior to another. When we lift ourselves over others, this is not walking humbly before God. This Nation no longer walks humbly. We once trusted and reverenced God. But now, we walk in arrogance, pride, and divisiveness, before God and the world. It is a pride and a haughty spirit that brings all nations to ruins, Proverbs 16:18; Isaiah 2:11-12. We are no longer envied by others; but, "a people to be pitied" by all nations and people. Like Judah, we are become “an abomination before God,” Proverbs 16:5; Proverbs 16:12. This Nation must repent and turn back unto God; or, perish and suffer ruins like Samaria and Jerusalem, in Micah's prophecy. With this brief introduction, let’s consider our first point of what God requires: “To do justly.”
BODY OF LESSON
I THAT WE DO JUSTLY
A. Micah, the prophet. The name Micah means “who is like Jehovah?” There is none so just as the King of Kings: And yet none so merciful, who pardons, “the remnant of His heritage,” Isaiah 9:17. There is a similarity between the message of Micah and Isaiah. His preaching is vital to America's problems today. Observe--