“A Broken Heart” (Micah 6: 8, ESV) by Carley Evans

Micah asks, “Shall I come before [the Lord] with burnt offerings?” (Micah 6: 6) “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams?” (Micah 6: 7)

“Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” (Micah 6: 7)

David sings, “In sacrifice and offering You have not delighted, but You have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required.” (Psalm 40: 6)

Turns out, says Micah, that the Lord “has told you, O man, what is good.” (Micah 6: 8)

Through Hosea, the Lord declares, “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6: 6)

“And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6: 8)

David sings, “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51: 15 – 17)

“Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression?” Ironic, is it not, that God gave His only Son for our transgressions. God has no need of our sacrifices; He only asks for our broken hearts.