Micah 6:8 has been one of my favorite verses ever since I was a teenager. I began a study series on it about a year ago, where I took a deeper look at doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly. It’s been such an enriching study for me, and something I still think about frequently.

Patterns

As I studied each phrase of this verse more deeply, the richness of the passage continued to amaze me. I began to notice the way it fits so nicely along with the greatest commands given by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40.

“Teacher, which [is] the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is [the] first and great commandment. “And [the] second [is] like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:36-40

I am continually amazed at how beautifully intertwined the messages of the Bible are. We see the Mosaic law fulfilled in Jesus, and he explains to his followers how the law and prophets are all fulfilled in loving God and loving our neighbor. And this verse in Micah breaks down the same idea in a very straightforward way:

  • Love God -> walk humbly with your God
  • Love neighbors -> Do justly & love mercy
Ten Commandments are referenced in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-21

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if [there is] any other commandment, are [all] summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love [is] the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:8-10