Discussion notes based on general Justice themed prepared by Sam Grimshaw.
Justice is a massive theme throughout Scripture and at this time as a church we are looking at a number of these passages as part of our Bible reading plan. A classic passage in the Bible on justice, which is a favourite of mine is Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, 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.”
This passage becomes even more compelling when we read a little bit further forward and take in the two verses before it…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 olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, 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.
I don’t know about you but I can sometimes find myself getting too familiar with some well known passages of the Bible and they begin to lose their full meaning, their full impact. We see in this passage the writer is talking about bringing offerings to God, offering up all sorts of things. What is the answer to these offerings? Nope, what I want is for you act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with me.
So often today we look to worship God or show Him our love and desire for Him through turning to prayer, to worship, to reading our Bible. And don’t get me wrong these are all good things. But what we see in this passage in Micah is that maybe as much as these things we offer, what God may actually want is for us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with him.Discussion Questions
- How do I tend to bring an offering to or worship God?
- What does it look like for me to act justly in my everyday?
- What does it mean for me to love mercy as I live my life?
- How do I go about walking humbly with God?
- What can I implement this coming week as a result of this discussion?