By Eric Campbell
With what shall I come to the Lord
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?
Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6:6-8 NASB)
Why does he mention his firstborn, or the fruit of his body?
The movement is from lesser to greater...
thousands of rams
10,000 rivers of oil
the fruit of my body
In other words, your child is your greatest commodity, your dearest possession.
What could compare in an earthly sense, other than your spouse or a dear family member (parent, brother, sister, etc.)?
Imagine sacrificing your firstborn son on the altar.
More importantly, that is what God did for us in sending His only Son.
How terrible, how unthinkable, how perplexing!
How great, how wonderful, how sacrificial, how loving!
"How deep the Father's love for us,
How great beyond all measure.
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure."