“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
“Shown” and “Require” If you spend time in the Tanakh or the Bible then you have been shown what is good…. and now from you it is required to practice, study, follow, seek with application what is good. When it comes to G-D, to have head knowledge does me no good. It is not until we put into practice what we have learned that it does us any good.
Do justly. No one likes to get a raw deal or the short end of the stick and that is why we are admonished to do justly, to do what is right, even if no one is watching and no one will ever see.
Love mercy… I love mercy and I need His mercy but mercy in not a one way street, it’s a two way street. Am I willing to give mercy to others as I want them to do it to me?
Before I moved to Israel, I was self employed. At one point a customer owed me some money, I was upset, sore, plotting and planning how to force this person to pay me, after all they owed it to me and I really really needed it. The L-RD was quick to remind me of all the money I owed my suppliers and if they all came to me like I was planning to go to my customer, I could not pay them… I needed mercy and I also had to be willing to show mercy.
Walking humbly before my G-D… I am not nor will I ever be “all that and a bag of chips”. My heart is desperately wicked, my righteousness is as filthy rags, I am stiffed necked and hard hearted… that dose not give a lot of room to walk proud.
Someone who does not walk humbly before G-D has forgotten that G-D is before him. Someone who realizes that G-D is always before him will always take great care of what he says and what he does. Ah, if only we would do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God, what do you think this world would be like!?