Memorizing Scripture

Verses for May 2007: What the Lord Requires

By Jerry Truex

This month we are memorizing Micah 6:8, which emphasizes the essence of biblical faith: 

Micah 6:8. He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (NRSV)

It is here that Micah reminds the people of Israel what they already know about God’s character and their obligations. As God’s children, they were obligated to imitate God. We have the same obligation.

We must practice justice. Like God, we must defend the poor and the powerless, so they will not be victimized and trampled by powerful groups in our society.

We must love kindness or mercy (hesed). Like God, we must model hesed. More than feelings, hesed is the type of steadfast loyalty that exists among members of the same clan, tribe, or family. Hesed is a community-oriented activity expressed by protecting and helping those in need in a spirit of solidarity.

We must walk humbly with God. God wants us to walk with him, seeing through God’s eyes and responding to others the same way God has through history. Adam, Noah, Abraham, and others “walked with God” (Gen 3:8; 6:9), and God walked with Israel in the Exodus. Humility helps us to receive divine grace for the journey (James 4:6).

May the word dwell in you richly (Col 3:16).

Jerry Truex is the Pastor of the Mennonite Church of the Servant; instructor of Biblical Studies at AMBS-Great Plains.