6 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?
7 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?
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.
When we start to learn something new, we need instructions to follow. We can learn through trial and error, but that could take so much longer. With today’s technology, I find myself searching on the Internet to find out how to make something or to fix something. We can also ask a friend, neighbour or co-worker as well. There is a wealth of information available that is fairly consistent. To make a meal, there could be many variations in the recipe. If you are to fix your car, you’d have to follow specific instructions and use specific parts.
How do we learn to worship God? In Micah’s days, there was the sacrificial system and he made a point of whether God would be happy with thousands of rams or ten thousand rivers of olive oil. Far be it that God even needs all of these sacrifices. God has a certain requirement and it is simply stated that we need to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Solomon had a similar writing in Ecclesiastes about the duty of man.