31 May 2006

Walking Humbly With Your God, Part 1: An Initial Look

A few weeks ago, Ben gave a presentation at school that based itself off of the famous verse in Micah:
הִגִּיד לְךָ אָדָם, מַה-טּוֹב; וּמָה-יְהוָה דּוֹרֵשׁ מִמְּךָ, כִּי אִם-עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד, וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת, עִם-אֱלֹהֶיךָ.
He has told you, Man, what is good; and what does the Lord seek of you: That with doing justice and loving of kindness and walking humbly with your God. (6:8)
This got me to thinking about the verse. Now, although the understanding of the verse is enhanced by looking at the literary context of the preceeding few verses (and may be the subject of a future posting), I aim only on focusing on this verse itself. I realized there is a lot to be taken out of it and learned from it, especially in an inspirational fashion.
One intitial point is necessary: Micah is not pointing the Jewish nation in an antinomian direction (perhaps more on that later?) - he is not saying that there is really only three things people must do. These three important things are interesting as 1) the doing of justice, 2) the loving of kindness, and 3) the humbly walking with your God. The third one sticks out tremendously as God is brought in, whereas the former two were not explicitly related to God.
I will leave off here for now.
(another perspective)
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