“He has shown you, O man, WHAT IS GOOD; and what does the Lord require of you but to DO JUSTLY…” (Micah 6:8
emphasis mine) KJV
King Solomon had a reputation for ‘great’ wisdom – YHWH-given, anointed, wisdom – that he might “judge” the people of Israel with wisdom and understanding (see 1Kings 3:6-15). There is recorded for us the story of two women that came to Solomon with an infant, disputing over whose child it was, and who was the true mother of the baby. Solomon, by the power of YAH, was able to “DO justly”, and was given the understanding to discern who the real mother to the infant was – doing what was right and pleasing in the eyes of Elohim(see 1Kings 3:16-28).
The Hebrew word translated in the opening verse as “do justly” is the word “mishpật” (mish-PAWT’, Strong’s #H4941), and is the same word found in 1Kings 3:11 and 1Kings 3:28, in reference to King Solomon. It is a legal term, and involves DOING what is right, and making decisions based on what IS right. “Mishpật” requires action; “DOING justly” involves motion and doing, anything less would cancel what is right. If we are earnestly in pursuit of “what is good” in the eyes of YHWH Elohim, then here is a requirement that cannot be ignored.
What is “DOING right”?
“… but through love SERVE ONE ANOTHER. For the entire Torah is completed in one word, in this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14 ISR, emphasis mine)
“Therefore, as the opportunity arises, let us DO WHAT IS GOOD to everyone, and especially to the family of those who are trustingly faithful.” (Galatians 6:10 CJB, emphasis mine)
“Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. FOLLOW ONLY WHAT IS GOOD. Remember that those who DO what is right PROVE that they are God’s children; and those who continue in evil prove that they are far from God.” (3John 1:11
“FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY”
©2011 Mette Marx