Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.
From my reading this week:
With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Why I chose it:
I’ve been reading a lot in the prophets and the histories lately, about how the Israelites are doing a lot of lip-service in their worship of God, but still worshiping other gods alongside Him and doing lots of things He doesn’t approve of. God really, really dislikes their offerings when their hearts aren’t in it.
It’s convicting for me because it’s easy for me to do all the right things and put forward all the right appearances, but inwardly I’m not really paying attention or thinking of it as worship.
Anyway, like the above verses explain, God wants us to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him more than he wants our overtly-religious showcasing.