Bible Studies

What Does God Require of Us?
Trust & Obedience.
(Please understand that these are only "expanded" Bible Study "summaries".)

Micah 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?

God has a standard of "Good and Evil." And so, Scripture shows us what is good. This standard was known in the very beginning. The "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" (Gen 2:17)

We can go through Scripture and study God's covenants manifested over earth's history. We can see how God issued directives for people to live by. To not commit murder. (Gen 9:5-6) The Law, as given to Israel.(Ex 20) Grace and truth, as it came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

We can study doctrines of Propitiation, (making amends-repenting) Redemption, Predestination, Sanctification; and on and on it goes. We can understand that Salvation has always been by "grace through faith" and that it comes from God, (Eph 2:8) whether it was during Moses' time, or after Jesus rose from the dead.

But remember, Jesus said: "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein". Luke 18:17

What child really understands, fully, that which we have just rattled off in the previous paragraph? There is something even more basic to being pleasing to God and being "accepted" by Him.

The very core and foundation for all the difficult philosophies is the "heart".

At the giving of the law, the Israelites said unto Moses:

Exod 24:3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.

Deut 5:27 Go thou near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that the LORD our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it.

While the Law consisted of "thou shalt NOT DO" or "thou SHALT DO" what did God respond to their promises?

Deut 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

You see, it is the "heart" that is wicked.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it"? Jer 17:9

King David would break the law by committing adultery, murder and lying. But his "heart" was the thing that God chose. David was a man after God’s own heart. (1Sam13:14)

Man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart..
1 Sam 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

As Jesus would say later: "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment". John 7:24

Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

To love God.
This is not an emotional "feel good" state, where we repeat some "worship chant" over and over "I love You, Jesus...I appreciate You.." as we sway back and forth! But the word Moses uses over and over is "fear." God says, "…that they would fear Me…" Deu 5:29) Moses repeats, "…that thou mightest fear the Lord thy God…"(Deu 6:2) "…to fear the LORD our God, for our good always."(Deu 6:24)

Moses asks the Israelites this question.
Deut 10:12-13 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Our devotion to God involves our "entire being." Notice the order; heart, soul, might. Jesus is the One Who knows the "division of soul and spirit"

Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Our love of God must begin at the very core of our being--in our heart (spirit). We love Him with our soul. (mind- intellect- mental- conscious) And then, that which we know, (mind) and believe (heart) with all our "might" (strength-energy-power) is put into "good works". Faith without works is dead" (James 2: 26)

For people to claim that God accepts us "just as we are" and that we "don't need to change" when we "become a Christian" don’t know what it means to love the Lord thy God. They do not FEAR GOD.

True Christians will be born again. They WILL be changed. If they really REPENT, BELIEVE and TRUST they are saved. But if they DON"T CHANGE, God will chasten them and if that doesn’t work He will kill them and take them (1 Cor 11:30)

The NOT CHANGING will go on for only a SHORT WHILE. God will not put up with this very long. If we see a professing Christian NOT CHANGING and devoid of GOOD WORKS for a long period of time, WATCH OUT. You are seeing TARES in with the WHEAT.

God says "fear Me and keep all My commandments."(Deu 5:29)

Luke 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Rom 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Eph 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Ps 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

Real salvation is a salvation "unto good works."

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The works result from our love for God. As Jesus said: "If ye love me, keep my commandments". John 14:15

What does God love?

Justice
Ps 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

Mercy (Ps136)

Humility
Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

God loves us to walk with Him.
Gen 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

God loves us to walk as He walks. He gave us the power to do this.
I Jn 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

God loves us to fear Him.
Deut 6:24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.

We understand that God intends good for us. This "love" and "fear" causes "trust."

Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

As we learn to trust, God provides times of learning and discipline.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Heb 12:6-7 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Jesus Christ, Himself learned obedience.
Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

In Israel's case, God allowed them to hunger. And then showed His provision with manna.

Deut 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live

For the person who trusts, earthly needs are met.
Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

But we must remember the Lord God, for it is He who gives us power to get wealth.

Deut 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Sometimes He also tests us.
Deut 13:1-4 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his

This "test" the modern apostate "church" is failing miserably. One who truly loves God will seek to be diligent.

Old Testament
Deut 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

New Testament
Rev 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Note.. Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

What value does the OT have for the Christian? It has instruction to give to Christian believers. In reading and responding to the OT Scriptures, the Christian learns both endurance and consolation. Instruction, endurance, and consolation are all essential elements for the Christian who has hope.

END NOTES:

Matt 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

How can we REALLY KNOW that we love God and our neighbor?

EASY!
I Jn 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Proof of loving our neighbor is OBEDIENCE to God. Proof of out love for God is OBEDIENCE to God.

TRUST and OBEY
Trust to salvation
Obey in our walk.