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I started this blog when I was following the Life Journal Bible reading plan on YouVersion. (I've since completed that plan.) At that time, YouVersion didn't provide any way for people to respond to my notes, other than to "like" them. So this blog is here to remedy that problem. You may comment on my notes here in the comment section.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice


S: Micah 6:6-8 What can we bring to the LORD?
Should we bring him burnt offerings?
Should we bow before God Most High
with offerings of yearling calves?
Should we offer him thousands of rams
and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Should we sacrifice our firstborn children
to pay for our sins?
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.

O: We sometimes hear of big gangsters who try to keep on God's good side by supporting the church or donating money to good causes. However, God wants us to act rightly in the first place.

The late Keith Green wrote this song:

To obey is better than sacrifice
I don't need your money
I want your life
And I hear you say that I'm coming back soon
But you act like I'll never return

Well you speak of grace and my love so sweet
How you thrive on milk, but reject My meat
And I can't help weeping of how it will be
If you keep on ignoring My words
Well you pray to prosper and succeed
But your flesh is something I just can't feed

To obey is better than sacrifice
I want more than Sunday and Wednesday nights
Cause if you can't come to Me every day
Then don't bother coming at all

To obey is better than sacrifice
I want hearts of fire
Not your prayers of ice
And I'm coming quickly
To give back to you
According to what you have done

Keith Green was extrapolating what God might have said, but I think there's a lot of truth in what he said. Recently, Ann Graham Lotz (daughter of Billy Graham) shared about how she had been wounded by other believers and how she had to learn to forgive them. [Listen to the interview here.] Many people have left the faith because Christians who were faithful to tithe had not been doing what is right, showing mercy, and walking humbly with God.

A: Let us do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

P: Father, remind me when I am about to hurt another believer. Help me to remove the log out of my own eye, and to speak the truth in love. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)

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