He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
At the core of God's commands to us is a beautifully profound simplicity. To read Leviticus today, thousands of years removed from the culture, can be a tough task. Yet, God in His mercy has given us incredible commands such as the one above that are understood timelessly and throughout any culture. In a sense, this verse can sum up the entire law of Leviticus. Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.
When the Israelites are wondering in the wilderness in Deuteronomy 8, God was testing them to see if they were doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with Him.
2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.
These passages and many others reveal something beautiful about the commandments of God. The many specific commandments and gracious guidance we find throughout the Bible can be summed up with "walk humbly with your God". At the center of every commandment of God is a push for our hearts to long for Him, and for that longing to bring us to follow Him. The commands of Jesus reveal this as well as He simply says "Follow Me". While this is far from easy, when our hearts yearn for Jesus, walking humbly with Him becomes natural. We can rest in the fact that He has revealed to us what is good and right, guiding us in kindness to walk humbly with Him.
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:1-3