That you may know the righteous acts of the LORD
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When Micah speaks the word of the Lord to the people of Israel, the message tells the Israelites to remember a journey. This journey from Shittim to Gilgal brought the people across the Jordan River and into the promised land. During the flood season, the ark of the covenant was walked into the river, and the Lord caused the river water to stop up stream, allowing the whole Israelite nation, including their 40,000 strong army, to cross on dry land.
A memorial to this miraculous crossing was constructed at Gilgal, using 12 stones carried from the middle of the Jordan River. This memorial was to show all people that the hand of the Lord is powerful, and that they might always fear the Lord. Amorite and Canaanite kings melted in fear and lost their courage to fight (Joshua 5:1) when they heard about this miraculous river crossing.
Micah does not tell the Israelites to remember the subsequent victory in Jericho, but the way God showed his power in the river crossing. In light of God’s power and righteous acts, Micah goes on to state ‘What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’. (Micah 6:8)
It turns out that we also easily forget how powerful God is and how He has worked in our lives. If we need fresh motivation to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly we too can remember a journey.
We were once lost and now we are found. We have moved from death to life, from darkness to light. Jesus stands in the GAP for you and me, by his mighty power he holds back the flood waters that separate us from God. He has made a way for us to be saved. Having made the journey, let us always remember the righteous acts of the Lord that have brought us to our eternal home. Let’s remember the price Jesus paid on the cross and the power displayed in His resurrection and life, and let’s act justly, love mercy and walk humbly as our Lord desires.