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September 12 - Evening

"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 6

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
What God Requires    

Israel practiced intense ritual worship with animal offerings and gifts of sacred oil as the price
of the entry fee needed to enter God’s presence or to purchase his favor (Micah 6:6-7b).  When
God did not respond to this manipulation Israel would turn to pagan gods and foreign idols and intensify the value of their gifts which reached the level of child sacrifice (Micah 6:7b). God’s
response to this was to remind them that he has already showed them that he wanted his
character reflected in men. It wasn’t as if finally sometime between 750-686 BC during Micah’s ministry God revealed his expectations for men. Micah says, “He has already showed you, O man!”

  1. What is considered “good”
  2. What the Lord requires of men

The whole purpose of God’s instruction and intervention in the lives of men is to lead them to this acceptable behavior.  In fact, the word translated “require” is daras which means “sought, search, seek.” God “sought” these things IN men, not things FROM men. The requirements that God is looking for are:

  1. Justice – which here simply means the practice of the true religion that overflows into your daily life and social interaction with other men. Justice comes from knowing what is right.
  2. Mercy - is kindness towards others, but not kindness because they deserve it, but
    because kindness is “good.” Mercy comes from being able to love.
  3. Humble walk with God– is to come to God knowing who he is and what he can do,
    as opposed to knowing who we are and what our weaknesses are. By walking with
    God we can learn and continue in his grace.

These verses in Micah do not negate the need for salvation by faith or replace Jesus’ payment
for sins with good works. One of the purposes of the sacrificial system that Israel had corrupted
was to teach the need and method for salvation. But, a people who are saved and restored to
God will then manifest his nature (justice, mercy, etc.) while continuing daily to walk humbly
with God in order to maintain learning, growth and a manifestation of his presence in their life.

In Matthew 23:23 Jesus says the same thing:

You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Grant to us your servants: to God – a heart of flame; to our fellow men – a heart of love; to ourselves – a heart of steel.”
– Augustine of Hippo





Something to Ponder??
“There are two big books,
the book of nature and
the book of super-nature,
the Bible.”

– Johannes Kepler
(1571-1630), German mathematician, astronomer
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Didaskalila (Gr) - Doctrine (Eng) - the ancient koine Greek word Didaskalia meant two things:

- "that which is taught or doctrine"
- "to teach/learn a set of skills"

This word appears twenty-six times in Paul's three letters written to Timothy and Titus
(the so-called "pastoral epistles"). It is absolute Western fiction developed in the modern
church that allows seminaries, churches and pastors to advance the concept that any man
could have a "pastor's heart" and "love his flock" without actually teaching them the subject
of the Apostolic doctrine and the information needed to develop the appropriate skill set
required to produce the Christian life. In fact, in the list of requirements for a "pastor" in all
three letters called "pastoral epistles" the word "love" is never used, but the requirement
to be a skilled teacher is there and repeated.

  Eridu, the ancient site
of Eden (sounds like Eridu)
is several mounds
12 miles south of Ur.
Ancient Babylonian tablets record that “Adapa,
the seed of mankind”
(sounds like “Adam”)
lived here. The Weld Prism (2170 by Nur) says the
first two kings in history reigned here.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I recognize God's wisdom during the day? I will listen and look for wisdom to manifest today.   "The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
- Proverbs 12:18
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Matthew 10 Ezekiel 47-48
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
for my work evangelism revival Nepal - child labor, human trafficking, disease
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Map of Paul's third missionary journeys
from 53-57 AD. (click on image for larger size)

Herod the Great's palace on (or, "in") the Mediterranean Sea at Caesarea by the Sea. (click on image for larger size)

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