Sunday School Material 7-19-15: What the Lord Requires





(Micah 6:3-8; 7/19/15)


Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God is calling for His people to live up to His requirements. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live up to God’s requirements, as an expression of gratitude for the many blessings that He has already showered into our lives.

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Body:

Read Micah 6:3-5

I. The Lord Summons. The scene in our Sunday School material is that of God inquiring about His actions towards His people.

He essentially argues that instead of being a burden to the people, He has been a great blessing. He recounts bringing them out of Egypt and blessing them to enter the promised land of Canaan.

Applications -

- What God has done to us. Notice in vs. 3 that the people of God were living as if God was being a burden to them or mistreating them. In like manner, there are too many who behave as if God is such a burden to them or as if He is mistreating them.

Think about how some people act as if it is such a chore to come to prayer meeting, Bible study, Sunday School, pay their tithes, participate in worship, and the like.

Let’s work on living like it is a great joy to obey the Lord. This application calls for obedience and having a joyful attitude.

- God’s goodness. Notice in vss. 4-5 that the Lord wants the people to remember how good He has been to them. In like manner, we should work on remembering how good God has been to us.

Each of us have special items on our list – delivered from sickness, a great marriage, provision in spite of job lost, and so on.

And then all of us should include being saved from going to Hell, receiving the Holy Spirit into our lives, and some joy on our journey. Let’s work on remembering the goodness of the Lord and living accordingly. Such living should be noted for joyful obedience.

Read Micah 6:6-8

II. The People Speak. The scene in our Sunday School material is that of the people asking, “What does God require”? Their response to their own question starts with giving offerings and ends with giving their firstborn. Micah reminds them of what God has already told them – act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God.

Applications –

- Giving and living. Notice in vs. 6 that the issue is not giving as much as it is only giving. That is, God did want burnt offering. But He also wanted right living – not just burnt offerings.

Today, God wants His tithes and our offerings. But He also wants us to live by the rest of His will. Let’s work on giving and living by the rest of God’s will. The core of God’s will includes making sure that we are saved and loving Him and others, as we love ourselves.

- Studying and obeying. Notice in vss. 7-8 that the people should have known that God did not require their firstborn, since that was prohibited by God (see Deu. 12:31). And they should have known what the Lord required, because God has shown them.

Let’s prayerfully study and obey God’s word, so we can know what to do and what not to do. There are too many people who claim to be children of God but don’t spend enough time prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word.

- God’s requirements. Notice in vs. 8 of our Sunday School material that God requires His people to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God.

First, we should do justice work. This includes electing people to do a good work and holding them accountable. It includes fighting against unjust decisions and systems like so many children receiving an inferior education, in one of the richest nations in the world.

Second, we should love being merciful to especially those who are less fortunate. We should be able to point to a list of things that we do as acts of mercy.

Third, we should walk humbly with our God. At our best, we are still absolutely dependent on the grace and mercy of God. We should make sure that we are saved/in right relationship with God. Let’s work on living by God’s requirements.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living up to God’s requirements, as an expression of gratitude for the many blessings that He has already showered into our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.

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