The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

The people of Micah’s day worried about ritual sacrifice but forgot about the sacrifice of right living. Micah’s conversation with the people leads them to ask questions about worship. Basically, they ask what can we do to make up for the wrong things we have done? Then they list many animal sacrifices. Micah’s audience learns that God is not after things but people. God desires their hearts. Micah tells the people that God wants worship where they do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.

Looking Forward to Jesus

Micah had prophesied that a Savior would be born in Bethlehem. When Jesus came, He summarized the law into a “double-love” command. Matthew 22: 37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”[1]

To love well, one must put the love into action. Upholding what is right often requires personal sacrifice. One must set aside personal wishes and ambitions to do what God deems proper.

Becoming a Living Sacrifice

Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross ended the need for ritual animal sacrifice. His blood is sufficient for the forgiveness of our sins. But that doesn’t mean we don’t sacrifice as we follow Jesus. Paul gives us insight into true worship. Romans 12: 1And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[2]

Micah called the people of his day to worship while they waited for Messiah to come. Today, on this side of the cross, we wait for Messiah to return in His second Advent. But we still wait in worship just as the people of Micah’s day. Jesus Christ had to take on Himself a body to accomplish God’s will on earth, so we must yield our bodies to Christ so that He might continue God’s work through us.

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[1,2] Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188.

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