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Friday, March 9th, '18

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JUSTICE, MERCY, HUMBLENESS

"...what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8 NKJV)

 

This is probably the best known verse in the little book of Micah. I want you to see the tri-unity of the verse. Just as the Tabernacle had an outer court, inner court and Holy of holies, this verse promotes a trinitarian progression. First, the outer court, we are required to "do justly". This is entry level obedience. You learn the rulebook, the dos and don'ts. That is how it was when we were kids. Eat your veggies. Clean up your room. Don't pull your little brother's hair. Do justly. Accustomed, in the old nature, to gouging, goading, grabbing, gloating, glutting and getting, we needed someone to give us a legal list. Law came before grace. The basic let's all get along plan was chiseled in stone tablets.

 

But there comes a time to graduate to middle school, the inner court, where we are required to "love mercy". Now add love to law. Mercy overlooks human flaws (and at times human laws). Healing on the Sabbath day becomes more important than clutching the old ecclesiastic standard. That's when Jesus quoted to the priests, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice" (Matthew 12:7). Love covers a multitude of sins. "Do justly" cracks the whip. "Love mercy" instead cracks the door. It offers a way out. The first command is rigid and frigid; the second is compassionate and takes it on the chin. Do you love mercy? I mean, is it love, acceptance and forgiveness that makes you tick? Then you are ready to move on from eighth grade in things spiritual.

 

Now for high school, the Holy of holies. The third requirement is for you to "walk humbly with your God". Not just "before" your God in inspection, but "with" your God in direction and protection. This is communion, a side by side walk. Notice, it is not a run, but a walk. No exude of nervous energies, no getting in a mad rush. Phase three is about rest, finding the pace of God then the peace of God. One must do justly and love mercy before he can truly walk humbly "with". God takes walks with mature saints. Walking humbly, we become sensitive to divine directives. He need not speak, only nod or make a slight wink. Outer court Christianity requires a written list. Inner court mercy usually requires a leading or at least some coaxing. But Holy of holies humility serves in such a way that His faintest wish becomes our command. Whatever the Father impressed was what Jesus did, immediately. The two were one and that is His ultimate plan that with the Father and Son we too "may be made perfect in one" (John 17:23). The squabble in our churches over whether we should stick strictly to the rule book (do justly) or open up beyond the traditional boundaries (love mercy) seems a silly argument to those who have entered a communion relationship with heaven (walk humbly with your God). In that secret place Law and Grace become one and the purpose of God is finally realized: that we can be in the world while not being of the world and at the same time be the Jesus that this world so desperately needs.


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