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Micah 6:6-8 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? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 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 the prophet begins by a crescendo of questions. Is an offering enough? An offering of the best? An abundant offering? An offering beyond imagination? Or the ultimate offering, a first child? Somehow, man has complicated the act of pleasing God. Micah’s response is just three things: (a) to do justice; (b) to love kindness; and (c) to walk humbly with your God.