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Essay example - Biblical Exegetical paper
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Interpretations on Micah 6:8 Over many years of following God, Israel heard from Lord what he requires of them and how he would have them live. Rather than burnt offerings lord demanded from them deeds of mercy. As the people of Israel were slow to heed the message from God, Yahweh communicated through different prophets on one and the same thing…
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Admittedly, Israel in this context is accused of disobedience to God. Before probing further, I would like to shed light on two commentaries on Micah 6:8 to know how this verse is understood widely. To begin with, Barnes on his commentary on Micah says that the prophet through the 6:8 versus tells the people ‘what thing is good; the inward man of the heart righteousness, love, humility’. This is a question from them “with what outward thing shall I come before the lord”. What the lord requires is an earnest search within. God seeks you, your heart and your spirit rather than yours, your substances and ram or goat. To seek mercy and love there requires righteous judgment. It is not right if you praise yourself and accuse god for evil in you. It refers to the duty of the man too. As god himself humbled in flesh we need to humble ourselves with God, walk on with him. Matthew 5:48 says be ye perfect as your father which is in heaven is perfect. Be merciful as your father also is merciful. God is not pleased when they offer creatures ‘blood that cannot take away their sin; and instead they themselves become sinful. In the sight of the lord no man living in this world are righteous. No human can wipe away sins that there is nothing that can wash away the stains of offences. ...
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