WHAT REQUIREMENTS?

MICAH 6:6-8

6 With what shall I come to the LORD and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves?

7 Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my first-born {for} my rebellious acts, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NAS)

6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV)

INTRODUCTION:

God has some requirements for His Children. Some people think they can determine the requirements within their mind. They can tell you what they think but many never say the Bible states these requirements.

In the text the Hebrew word translated "require" has the idea of seeking.. When used of man seeking God it has the idea of worship. The same word is used in Isa 55:6 and translated "seek". You may remember Isa 55:6. It says: "Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near." (NAS)

God searches for people who meet these requirements.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (KJV)

The requirements are here stated:

1) To do justly;

2) to love Kindness(mercy) and

3) to walk humbly with your God.



1. Requirement One: to do justice. v 8 b

". . . and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

JUSTLY 4941 mishpat (mish-pawt'); from 8199; including a participant's right or privilege (statutory or customary), or even a style:

EXAMPLES OF NOT DOING JUSTLY

Micah :6:11

11 "Can I justify wicked scales and a bag of deceptive weights?

Micah 7:3-4 Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, and a great man speaks the desire of his soul; so they weave it together. 4 The best of them is like a briar, the most upright like a thorn hedge. ...".(NAS)

Illustration

The Southern Baptist Convention's stand against the actions of Disney. Is it doing justly to accept a life style contrary to the word of God? To know the way of salvation and not share it? One messenger spoke against the resolution against Disney and said we need to be just fishing for souls not condemning the lifestyle of the Lost. A man answered him by saying if the boat leaks you better fix the leak so you can fish rather than sink.

Illustration

A news paper reporter from West Plains called and wanted to know my thoughts on the resolution. I told her and she then said isn't it a little ridiculous to think you can boycott such a large corporation? I told her we would make as big a dent as we can.

Is it Just to expect a family amusement park to have a family atmosphere? Do we have to be exposed to two men or two women kissing and touching? It is time someone took a stand for righteousness.

Illustration

In 1985 the SBC annual convention met in Dallas and we had 45,xxx messenger. We voted to have a peace committee. One of the men on the peace committee refused to compromise on his stand for the word of God. Another man said "If you don't compromise we will never get together. The man answered "we don't have to get together, but I do have to be true to the word of God."

Application

God requires JUSTICE. He looks for it in His people. His blessings wait on those who do Justly. These people in the text were compromising the word of God they were not doing justly



2. Requirement Two: to love Kindness. v 8 c

". . . and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

KINDNESS, OR MERCY TRANSLATION?

Jonah 4:2

2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

KINDNESS, MERCY

2617 checed (kheh'-sed); from 2616; kindness; by implication (towards God)

2616 chacad (khaw-sad'); (the neck only [compare 2603] in courtesy to an equal),

2603 chanan (khaw-nan'); [compare 2583]; to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior;:

IllustrationTopic: Kindness' Index: 1999

There was a funny scene in the series All in the Family a few years ago when Edith was still part of Archie's household. Edith, in her own way, was kind of a saintly person. Archie is complaining, as Archie commonly did. He says to her, "That's you all right. Edith, the Good. You'll stoop to anything to be good. You never make nobody mad. You think it's easy living with a saint? Even when you cheat you don't cheat to win. You cheat to lose. Edith you ain't human." Edith says, "That's a terrible thing to say, Archie Bunker. I am just as human as you are." Archie retorts, "Oh, yeah? Then prove you're just as human as me. Do something rotten."

IllustrationTopic: Kindness Index: 1999

Little Anne Freezner of McCook, Nebraska went with her mother November 6th to the polling place and when mother, Char Freezner, said that tiny Anne must wait outside while mommy went into the voting booth, the little girl wanted to know what was she going to do in there. And mother said that she was going to vote for somebody. She said she was going to vote for somebody who would look after things and take care of people and be nice to everybody. While she was in the booth little Anne, age 5, explained to one of the election clerks, that mommy was in that little room voting for grandma.

Application

God expects His people to be KIND. It is a requirement for the quality of godliness.



3 Requirement Three: to walk humbly with God?

v 8 d ". . . and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

WALK

3212 yalak (yaw-lak'); a primitive root [compare 1980]; to walk (literally or figuratively);

1980 halak (haw-lak');

BROWN akin to 3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively):

HUMBLY Strong's

6800 tsana` (tsaw-ah'); a primitive root; to humiliate:

6800 tsana`- BROWN'S

1) to be humble, to be modest, to be lowly; (Qal) to show humility

IllustrationTopic: Humility Index: 1717

According to legend the angels of heaven, observing the beauty of a noted bishop's life, offered him the power to heal the sick and to perform miracles. The old bishop declined, saying, "The thing I most desire is that God would bestow upon me the gift of doing a great deal of good without even knowing it myself." Consequently, as the bishop walked upon the earth wherever his shadow fell the hearts of men cheered, little children laughed and tired men rested. Humble goodness brings the gift of joy to others.

Application

I ask my friend Jim McNiel about a minister we both knew (but Jim had been around much more) if this minister was a little arrogant? He said no; he is very arrogant. At the convention I had an opportunity to talk to Jim Furgerson about this minister and said I like him but he is a little arrogant. Jim said "that's an understatement if I ever heard one.

IllustrationTopic: Humility Index: 1717

Rather than longing for recognition or power, we who are believers are to serve one another. In so doing, we are following the example of Christ.

An interesting tradition at William and Mary College helps illustrate the high value of lowly service. At the annual homecoming, many of the returning alumni wear white jackets. This is true even of graduates who have gained high positions -- including a college president, a state governor, and many business and professional leaders.

Why the white jackets? To show that they were among the many students who helped earn their way through college by waiting on tables. Their job and their white jackets symbolized a willingness to serve in a not-so-glamorous job.

Application

God expects HUMILITY from his people. Humility to superiors, Equals, and anyone Inferior.



CONCLUSION

The requirements are here stated:

1) To do justly;

2) to love Kindness(mercy) and

3) to walk humbly with your God.

James McCullen prepared this message to be delivered in the Sunday Morning worship service. The pastor and several members pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint every use of this message. We hope this written copy will be a blessing to aid your Christian walk. br wp="br1">





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