Wednesday, October 1. Micah 6 – 8; Nahum 1

Two things stand out to me about Micah 6.

First is an idea I’ve mentioned before: If you want to know what ticks God off, read the prophets. But that’s not all. The prophets’ catalogs of sins, and the frequency with which each occurs, provides insight to the magnetic strength of a variety of sins. The more they are mentioned, the more vulnerable mankind seems to be to them. Chapter six particularly mentions the businessman who misrepresents his product. You can include the CEO who finds ways to artificially inflate his company quarterly earnings, as well as the butcher whose scales are off and the painter whose paint is too thin. In Micah 6, this sin heads the list.

Second is the idea of “bottom line” religion. What does God want?

In the Bible you will find numerous “bottom line” statements. God Himself offers one in Deuteronomy 6:5. Jesus expands on it ever so slightly in Matthew 22:37-40. Paul offers one in Romans 13:9. And yet, perhaps the best known one is here. “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Those who would seek to restore New Testament Christianity must make sure we restore this lifestyle. Without it, there awaits nothing but ruin.