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Micah 6. 1-16

Romans 3.10, 3.23,6.23, 5.12, 5.8, 10.9-13

In Micah, chapter 6,  Jehovah is calling Israel to court, but this time He is not acting as judge but prosecuting attorney.  In verse two and three it is so cool how He calls as witnesses both the mountains and the foundations of the earth.  They were there when the Law was handed down to Israel at Mount Sinai. When a covenant is accepted and sworn to a witness is required to validate it. In this case because it is generational,  all the human witnesses present at the time  have long ago died, only the earth is still present to verify it happened.  God aptly states that He has not broken His part in the covenant with Israel, yet though they  ratified the covenant with God in Exodus 19 .8,  Israel had not kept their part.  They were in slavery to Egypt, doing nothing for their release when Jehovah came forth and brought them a deliverer.  God, without provocation, saved them, then gave them the Law for their benefit, which they eventually rejected, breaking the covenant.

Israel thinks, at this time in their history, that the sacrifices of the law are what pleases God, not their lifestyle.  So He points out that rivers of oil and thousands of slain animals bring no delight to Him, but He would rather have them to live justly, love mercy and to walk humbly.  Their life in the city has corrupted them to where there is no honesty in measures and weights, there is violence, men speaks lies, and there is deceitfulness and sin everywhere.  The wickedness of their fathers has gone before them and they have chosen the same path.

Flash forward to the 21 century where we find mankind in much the same position as Israel was 3000 years ago. We still walk in trouble, that hasn’t changed. Men hate men, that hasn’t changed. There are  lies and deceit in every walk of life, that hasn’t changed. Nations rise against nations, that hasn’t changed.  Men still turn away from God and that hasn’t changed.  Many people still today think going to church  a couple times a year is what God wants, or maybe giving up something for lent, maybe giving a little offering too.  These people miss the whole point, as did Israel.   What does God really want from us?

Micah 6.8 still sets the tone for us today just as it did for Israel.  First, if we truly live justly then we must admit our failings and accept the penalty of the law,  for what is fair is fair. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.  Romans 3.23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 6.23 a”For the wages of sin is death.”  Second, we would want to love mercy, Romans 6.23b “but the free gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Romans 5.8 “For God demonstrated his love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Thirdly we are to walk humbly with our God , Roman 10 9-13 ” if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Many Christians I know have trouble witnessing and don’t know how to show someone how to be saved using the Bible, so I put this here as a template, using the book of Romans to show the plan of salvation. This is known as the Romans Road to salvation.

Karl

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