Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Isaiah 1:16-20 NLT
[16] Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways.

[17] Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

[18] “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.

[19] If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.

[20] But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

Reflection . . .

God’s people were rebellious. They were religious, yet disobedient, and followed the detestable practices of the nations God told them not to.

Here is what the Lord desired of them:

  • Do good!
  • Seek justice!
  • Defend the orphans!
  • Fight for the widows!

These same things are repeated in Micah 6:6-8, yet His own people were doing just the opposite and rebelling against Him. They were not seeking to do good; they were reveling in self indulgent behaviour. They were not seeking justice or doing what was right; they were only looking out for themselves. They weren’t defending the orphans or fighting for the widows because their focus was not on others.

Micah 6:6-8 NLT says,

What can we bring to the LORD? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Warren Wiersbe says it well: “Sacrifices alone can never please God; for along with the outward observance, God wants inward obedience (1 Sam. 15:22), a broken heart (Ps. 51:17), and a godly walk (Micah 6:6–8).”1

Let’s consider how we might do these things and honour the Lord.

1 Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Comforted, “Be” Commentary Series (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 21.