v 8. 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.
This notion of offering sacrifices and similar religious observances as all that was necessary to please God was as old as the hills. The Jews of Micah’s day suggested ‘What can we bring to the Lord? … burnt offerings? … offerings of yearling calves? .. thousands of rams .. ten thousand rivers of olive oil? ..Should we sacrifice our firstborn children?
Micah was clear: that kind of religious activity was not what God wanted. Loving mercy and walking humbly with God were expressions of the life-change that real faith brought about.
Don’t be content to be seen as a religious person, doing ‘the right stuff’ every Sunday! Let your reputation be one of showing mercy and of walking humbly with God every day of the week!