“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.”
Micah teaches us, like many of the other prophets did, that God hates sin and will judge it, but His purpose in judgment is to bring His people back to Him so He can bless them.
When Micah saw the judgment that Almighty God was going to bring upon His people because of their sin, Micah cried out loud, tore off all his clothes and walked around barefoot and naked. What a sight that must have been! He was so upset and afraid for the people that he wanted them to notice how bad things were. I bet he got their attention! That is why we called Micah “The Nude Prophet” in our book, Hooked On The Book.
Micah warned the people to turn from their stealing from one another, idol worship, false prophesying, kicking people out of their homes and killing each other. He told them to turn to humility and justice and kindness.
In Micah 6, Micah described how God had put His people on trial for their sins. The standard God is judging them against can be found in Micah 6:8. This is what God required of His people, to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly. Not lording it over other people, but to serve and put them first.
Now you know the story behind Micah 6:8.
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