Job, God’s justice & hope 26 of 34

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There’s more from the last passage we read to hope about.  Remember?  God said, “My justice,” Job 40:8.  What did He mean by that?

Let’s start at the beginning shall we?

Shall we repeat that Christ was crucified before the foundations of the world were laid, Revelation 13:8 and only revealed to us recently, 1 Peter 1:20.  In Genesis 2:17, God warns Adam and Eve of the consequence of disobedience/eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – they will surely die.  We also know that death entered through sin, Romans 5:12-19 although I am having to wait on God for a thorough understanding I believe Him because Paul writes, in this passage, that God’s gift of grace came to us through one man, Christ, & surpasses the trespass or crossing of God’s boundary line.  So we see that, from the beginning, God built mercy into His system.

Here is a small sample of what God has to say about justice from Biblegateway’s NIV:

  • Exodus 23:1  Do not spread false reports.  Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.
  • Exodus 23:2 Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.  When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd…
  • Exodus 23:6 Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits…
  • Leviticus 16:19  Do not pervert justice or show partiality.  Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.

The above list comes from the law of Moses.  Isaiah 58:6-9 and following gives more insight:

  • loose the chains of injustice
  • break or untie the yoke of oppression
  • share your food with the hungry
  • provide the poor wanderer with shelter
  • clothe the naked
  • do not turn away from your family

Isaiah comes with a promise:  “your light will break like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear;  then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.  Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and he will say:  Here am I….”  “…then you will find your joy in the Lord,” verse 14.

I think I will stop here in order to digest.  There’s a lot more, type the word justice into the search bar at Biblegateway.com in any of the versions and see what I mean!

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