"The Lord."1. It is this which lays a man in the dust. D.)The justice of one man towards anotherB. The Lord requires thee to "do justly." In Christ we know God, and thus we walk homeward together. D.Here is the summing up of the law; these are the things which, if a man do, he shall live by them. It maketh those things which are not good in themselves useful and advantageous to us. To the law of His grace, and to the law of His providence. Is this not felt instinctively to be one of the noblest traits of character, and do we not admire the exercise of it? W. Brameld.These words are the answer of the Almighty, by the mouth of His prophet, to the cry of one of old, whose difficulties in his religious course appeared too great for him. In every comparison they deserve to have the preeminence; in every competition the preference. What is it to "walk with God"? The creature is advantaged by giving what the Creator demands. To whom God shows, and of whom He requires, these great lessons and duties. He and his family walked so close to God, all were spared, when the flood of judgment came on the world. As this knowledge dawns upon the soul, so does the soul sink into self-abasement. Not selfishness, but self-love, which, in its proper place, is a noble faculty But above self-love sits the supreme ruler conscience, whose one great utterance, "Duty," is the grandest word in any language; which shows to passion the baseness of sacrificing all else to present gratification, as well as the injury that results; and which tells self-love of higher and grander aims than personal advantage. Here, God is our teacher; and if, as learners, we walk humbly with Him, we shall east down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of Christ; we shall sacrifice the pride of reason; and having ascertained that the Scriptures are the Word of God, and discovered what they really contain, we shall not speculate upon their principles, but admit them on their Divine authority.II. This implies something more than the absence of pride. Our morality must have some deep underground basis to rest upon. There is a third thing beyond these, and that is to be gracious and merciful. )The requirements of GodF. If we keep to the rule of right and fit we shall be justified whenever called to examination. A justice of compensation, by meet repairing our public injuries. "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good." Do justly to those about you in estimating their con. If you love mercy, and show it to others, you will crave it for yourself.4. Next let's meet Noah, whom God told to build an ark. (Frank Hall. For walking together more is required than agreement. Though we are never, to remit our watchfulness, nor to forget our danger of again falling into sin, if we be true to God, we shall find each additional act of self sacrifice made in obedience to His will a source of peace and comfort to us.(G. That all which is to be looked for at the hand of God is upon the account of mere grace and mercy. (See for Scripture counsels and commands, Deuteronomy 16:19, 20; Psalm 82:3, 4; Exodus 23:3, 8; Leviticus 19:33, 34, 35, 36; Proverbs 20:14; Leviticus 19:11; Exodus 23:1.) This is quite beyond us, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and mind, and soul, and strength." The things mentioned in this text continue to all perpetuity. That which is expected from another should be the measure of my dealing with him.8. Whichcote, D. D.)Justice and mercyH. WITH REGARD TO OUR TRIALS. They say, "that if a man do the best he can, God will require no more."I. A daily walk with Jesus! God might have instituted so different a mode of dealing with man, that what He now asks is as nothing compared with what He might have demanded. DEAL JUSTLY. WITH REGARD TO OUR CONDITIONS. 1. Consider them separately. THE PROMULGATION OF THIS GOOD AS A LAW. They are made on you as an individual, and not in any social capacity. The person must be perfect or upright therein. If he thought imprisonment likely to have the most salutary effect on the man's character he would prosecute, and in that case prosecution would be mercy as well as justice. Turn to the theology of the Bible. There is a justice due to God, to ourselves, and to others. Whichcote, D. D.)Justice and mercyH. To "do justly" is to give every man his own, not to lay hold on, or alienate or deceitfully withdraw, or violently force from any man that of which he is the lawful possessor. That all which is to be looked for at the hand of God is upon the account of mere grace and mercy. And yet no man can enter the pearly gates who does not thus love his God. Just before charitable and merciful. Two cannot walk together except they be agreed. Note the sanctity of these grand demands. In the text the order is reversed. Micah 6:8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. He is the great and inexhaustible fountain of all power and order, natural, civil, spiritual. Here is just the difficulty, this is the stumble at the start. Happy this humble walker with God! There is the allay of mercy, or moderation, compassion, and tenderness, by way of pardon, indemnity and oblivion. The glory of His kingdom; first, in its order and beauty; and secondly, in multiplying His subjects.This humble walking must certainly be the great and incomparable concernment of all those whose chief end is the advancement of the glory of God. Keep the Golden Rule. (Henry Melvill, B. D.)HumilityA question to which the text is an answer. This is the glory of goodness and piety, that it striketh a reverence in those who neglect it, findeth a place in his breast whose hand is ready to suppress it, is magnified by those who revile it, and gaineth honour when it cannot win assent. God deals with us usually, but we deal thus with one another very rarely. If a man has a practical conviction that God is ever at his side, such a man will be the same in public and in private.2. The Bible has beautiful precepts on this subject (Deuteronomy 22:1-4; Exodus 23:4, 5; Matthew 5:44; Romans 12:20, 21). In humble walking with God, we shall find peace in every condition. What is it to lead a godless life? Mercy is an inseparable attendant to human justice; yea, and to the Divine. And then it would be considered the part of mercy to come in and weigh the extenuating circumstances, and modify the sentence accordingly. Be always ready to any fair reference.5. world, often wanting our own way; lost to God. (2) Oneness of design. And then proceed to inculcate those pure principles, those holy tempers, and those good works which genuine faith in God and Christ will necessarily produce. Tillotson, D. D.)The Lord's requirementsW. THE LAST REQUIREMENT IS WALK HUMBLY WITH THY GOD. They propose things which God Himself had appointed, such as sacrifices and burnt offerings. A. It is God, on whom we continually depend, who requires it. Doctrine — Walking humbly with God is our great duty, which distinguisheth the sincere from the hypocrites. This acquaintance, this knowledge, this friendship is found also in the Lord Jesus. Men are ready to do anything, and to give liberally, if only they can avoid doing justly. IN CONNECTION WITH DIVINE TRUTH. If you walk with your God, you will walk much with His dear Son. Here is just the difficulty, this is the stumble at the start. WALK HUMBLY WITH THY GOD. It is in the Cross of Christ.II. Observe the vaunting questions and presumptuous postulations of a company of formal hypocrites. E. Light, M. A.? We can see. We are humble in ourselves only when we are walking with God. Well, his employer, if he were a just man, in deciding whether to prosecute his clerk or not to prosecute him, would decide on the whole circumstances, and he would do what he thought best in the interests of the clerk. Walking with God is the flood tide of spirituality in our hearts, all the shoals and rocks and shallows covered by the bay-filled sea.I. Maclaren, D. D.The prophet read off rightly God's requirements, but he had not anything to say about God's gifts. There is a foundation laid for this. The Bible makes God a kindred personality. Let the Giver be glorified in His gifts. Nevins, D. D.1. By birth, man is God's enemy; by choice, he is; by will, he remains. But they may be just according to some legal, philosophical, or sacerdotal rule. You must be just in every part of every one of your proceedings. God deals with us usually, but we deal thus with one another very rarely. It gives Him the glory of the law of His grace, that He is a King obeyed.4. Self-abasement under a sense of the imperfection of all our services.3. His wisdom, His righteousness. The answer is. Before any of us can walk with God we must be humbled under His mighty hand; and the more deeply and thoroughly we humble ourselves, the more closely we shall walk with God. Why are we so often ashamed to be just, ashamed to be merciful, ashamed in society of defending an unpopular person, ashamed in politics of defending an unpopular cause, fearing to be righteous overmuch, to be merciful overmuch? Here, humility is — to fear always; and to — pray. Many fail here. In the text the order is reversed. Doctrine — Walking humbly with God is our great duty, which distinguisheth the sincere from the hypocrites. Everybody expects to be thus dealt with by others. The infinite, inconceivable distance we stand from Him. By the letters patent of the Holy Scriptures. (Samuel Cox, D. D.)A great question answeredC. What of the conflicts between capital and labour? A ready submitting and subjecting of ourselves to all God's commands. A man's greatest wisdom is seen in finding that out, and his goodness in complying with it.6. "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good." It is the glory of all human and Divine perfections; the security of justice, and the sanctuary of mercy. B. , B. A.It is a great thing to get down to simple principles. God asks nothing which it is not for man's present as well as future advantage to yield. By His power God created man, and "breathed into him a living soul." WHAT IT IS TO WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. In every comparison they deserve to have the preeminence; in every competition the preference. --His death on a cross. (2)Unspeakable variety. and he will give you some elaborate, metaphysical definition. Authoritatively, by due order and commission, derived to thee from the lawful supreme power.Do justice as to the inward form, principle, or conscience, for justice sake, not for ambition. A GREAT DEAL IS REQUIRED OF MAN WHEN HE IS TOLD TO "WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD."1. There are three classes of persons with whom God can never be agreed. For walking together more is required than agreement. The margin reads, "and to humble thyself to walk with thy God." This walking together is for the closest of friends alone. There are certain duties necessary because God has commanded them, and there are other duties which God commands because they are necessary. )The three great human dutiesJohn Clementson.Misconceptions of the truth are as dangerous as the reception of falsehood. It gives Him the glory of the doctrine of grace.2. Can we accept this summary as setting forth the very substance of religion? And then for that third requirement. There can be no walking with God, no communion with Him, till agreement be come to. Convictions, made effectual upon the soul, draw out its inward principles, which are not otherwise discovered. I propose to follow the Jewish prophet in assuming that we have all been instructed in the Divine law, so that the great names of justice and mercy have a meaning to us, whether we can put that meaning into words or not. T. Eaton, D. D. , LL. "Thee, O man. As thou art a Christian, yield more in fair consideration towards a friendly composure than absolute reason will oblige to and enjoin.6. By a general apprehension of God's omniscience and presence. In the fruit it yieldeth.2. It is to acknowledge God in prosperity (Deuteronomy 8:12, etc.). As God createth, so He continues man and protects him. And the methods in which this may be done are numberless. When two walk together, one face does not look one way, and the other face the other way. The triple command cannot be dismembered. This acquaintance, this knowledge, this friendship is found also in the Lord Jesus. All our hopes and happiness are founded upon, and bound up in, the mercy of God. God might have instituted so different a mode of dealing with man, that what He now asks is as nothing compared with what He might have demanded. 1. There can be no walking with God, no communion with Him, till agreement be come to. We must see that in Christ is our supply. We shall be satisfied with our own allotment, and learn, in whatsoever state we are, therewith to be content.VI. When remonstrated with on account of the place being dangerous from Arabs, he replied, "The telegrams from England this morning filled me with such elation. (Frank Hall. IN CONNECTION WITH DIVINE TRUTH. Here we walk with God as our disposer and governor; and if we walk humbly, we shall hold ourselves at His control; we shall be willing that He should choose our inheritance for us. Mercy is to be shown in sympathy (Romans 12:15; Luke 23:34).III. How prone men must have been to rest in the mere outward performances of some acts of worship or devotion, to the neglect of those substantial duties of justice, mercy, and true piety; or that purity of heart and life which God more especially requires in those that worship Him. Is it, then, unreasonable for God to command us to do justly? Here, God is our teacher; and if, as learners, we walk humbly with Him, we shall east down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of Christ; we shall sacrifice the pride of reason; and having ascertained that the Scriptures are the Word of God, and discovered what they really contain, we shall not speculate upon their principles, but admit them on their Divine authority. You will walk humbly with Him in secret; your humility will not be a mere show of humility.6. The triple command cannot be dismembered. That which is expected from another should be the measure of my dealing with him.8. The Lord requires, first, that we "do justly"; in other words, that all our conduct be upright and faithful, that we "defraud not any," and that we always "do unto others as we would they should do unto us." Happy this humble walker with God! Mercy in God is a perfection of goodness, by which He moderates the severity of His justice toward sinful mankind. The main controversy between the mere priest and the mere philosopher, so far as it bears on human conduct, lies here. V. Anthony, D. D.Without controversy the highest, noblest element in man is his moral nature, with all that the word involves. They who have the real love of mercy in them, rejoice when they can palliate. There is a third thing beyond these, and that is to be gracious and merciful. (1) They are reasonable. duct towards you, and especially in judging of their motives. If you want to love your fellowmen, have mercy on them. Our text, which at first seemed but an epitome of the law, is seen to contain the Gospel.(W. E. Light, M. The claims of justice are prior to the claims of mercy. Experience shows that the philosopher can find no standing ground from which he can act upon individuals or society, but is obliged to beg a standing ground from their opinion, or to erect his own above both; therefore the conscience protests against him. It must proceed from faith in God, by Christ the Mediator. Intercourse. And yet no man can enter the pearly gates who does not thus love his God. GOING THE SAME WAY MUST BE. It gives Him the glory of the law of His grace, that He is a King obeyed.4. There is a justice of expiation, to break off our sins by repentance. But how about business affairs? From this ocean of God's power naturally issueth forth His power of giving laws, of requiring what He may please from His creature.2. Why should we need humility to walk with God? He knows how our faltering feet drag along on the heavenly road. On this sin-stained earth mere justice, if it stood alone, may emphasise the evils that are here. They show that the aim of religion is to elevate character, to purify conduct, to promote goodness; they sum up the mighty spiritual teaching of the prophets; they herald the essential moral revelation of the Son of God. The manner of God's showing and requiring these duties of all sorts of men, in all occasions, times, and dealings. Balgarnie. WITH REGARD TO OUR CONDITIONS. This is the essence of all religious life, making God a reality, and acting as in His presence. Was the doing justly, loving mercy, and walking with God a thing practicable for the few, — living in the dawn only of the day spring; and can it be impossible for you, the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus — you, upon whom the Sun of Righteousness hath risen in all His glory? Here, humility is — to fear always; and to — pray. And never ask more than justice from others. E. Light, M. We may change, but not they. Justice consists in giving to each action its proper reward, neither adding thereto from partiality, nor taking therefrom from envy and hatred. (1)Let faith have its work. T. Eaton, D. D. , LL. Walking is a constant progress. By mercy God is, as it were, greater than Himself: a denier of Himself, and a sider with our interests. Courage is plainly necessary; for what can it profit us to see the right course to take, if, through faint heartedness, we are unable to take it? What is mercy? Then if walking humbly with God distinguishes the sincere from the hypocrite, let us take care to walk humbly. No modern equivalent of burnt offering or calves of a year old, not thousands of rams or ten thousands of rivers of oil, no gift of churches, or communion plate, or musical instruments, or stained-glass windows, no, not even subscription to charity — nothing is good in the sight of God unless it carries with it the good will, the will to do justice and mercy. We have known much self-denial, and deadness to the world, and spirituality of devotion, and zeal for the glory of God and the welfare of others, in persons who may be said to be saved by hope, rather than confidence. What it is in reference whereunto we are to humble ourselves in walking with God. If we would stand before the High God we must "act justly." Our religious opinions may be false; our party shibboleths may be but the blurred echoes of our ignorance or our incompetence; our private interpretations of Scripture may be no better than grotesque nonsense in their presumptuous falsity, and all this may not greatly matter, if by some Divine deliverance from our opinionated follies, we still do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. THE PROMULGATION OF THIS GOOD AS A LAW. Thy supreme love, thy choicest affections, thy whole heart, and whatever else such a love disposes to and draws after it. God cannot lower His demands to adapt them to our inclinations or disabilities. Experience shows that the priest is very prone to raise maxims of temporary expedience to the level of eternal laws; there fore the conscience protests against him. 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