Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

This scripture came out of vocal ministry at our meeting a while back and has been a source of ongoing personal revelation for me since.  The latest revelation of its depth was an aspect of "to walk humbly with they God?"

I have a grandson who is always eager to show me how much he knows.  Whenever he learns something he tells me of his new found knowledge excitedly not realizing that what is new to him is old to me and the other Adults in his life (even if we have forgotten it and the excitement of its discovery has dimmed with time).  He doesn't share this discovery humbly nor would I want him to.  There's a joy to new discoveries whether it's that of a child learning something new or that of a bible reader having his spiritual eyes opened by a bible verse.

However, there is a different form of sharing one's knowledge which is far more condescending and elitist and that's proclaiming that your opinion of something is the one correct opinion. Sometimes we manifest this display of arrogance when we look down condescendingly on our unenlightened political opponents but more to the point we also do it to God when we decide the God of the Old Testament is not acceptable.  That the real God is the one we see in the New Testament walking the streets of Jerusalem, healing the sick, protecting the prostitute, feeding the hungry.  When we think we know who God is or what Love is and choose to ignore Yahweh, Jehovah, and I AM  we fail to walk humbly before our God.  Jesus said Judge not that ye be not judged.  What kind of Judgment awaits us who judge God?  If we can't reconcile an act of God in the Old Testament with the God we walk with daily, a simple acknowledgement of our limited ability to comprehend the universe should suffice for as Paul said in 1Co_13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

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Comment by Forrest Curo on 12th mo. 20, 2016 at 6:13pm

Our pitfall in your example is that modern readers have a misleading understanding of "The God of the Old Testament" [Hebrew Bible]. There were many conflicting concepts of God's nature in the times when those 'books' were forming and later committed to writing, collected & edited in Babylon & 2nd Temple Jerusalem; but Jesus was familiar with that material, at least as remembered & understood in Galilee of his day. The 'Father' Jesus talks about is the same 'God' as known & interpreted by him and the followers of Hillel (unfortunately, not the prevailing interpretation among the contemporary rulers of Judea.) So, the distinction people make between 'God[OT]' and 'God[NT]' is merely an example of ignorance at work.

[Much of modern hostility toward the Hebrew Bible results of cultural translation gaps, where priestly historians dreamed of massacres that never happened --

while European readers assumed the ancient Israelites had been commanded to slaughter the inhabitants and livestock of an area, where what being ruled out was acceptance of payoffs from their brutal, violent, untrustworthy leadership.

The 'humility' you speak of might certainly should incline people to learn more.

Comment by Forrest Curo on 12th mo. 20, 2016 at 6:45pm

Specifically, "those who sit in ___" were not the people who lived in a certain place, but their rulers.

Under the Israelite monarchy, an example would have been the deal the Syrian king Ben Haddad cut with Ahab, whereby Ben Haddad was released in return for granting Ahab permission to open a bazaar in Damascus (in 1 Kings 20.) The prophets of Samaria objected; and Ahab died in [If I've got this right] Ben Haddad's next raid.


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