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Justice and Shalom
Transcript of Justice and Shalom
God gives people what they need, not necessarily what they deserve.
Justice is a necessary element of God's Shalom
"Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of your throne."
Justice in the Scriptures
Oppressed, persecuted, and powerless are rescued
Jesus' ministry and healing
Fortunes are reversed
Hannah and Mary both sing songs of the lowly being lifted up and the powerful being unseated from their thrones.
God acts for justice
Liberates the Israelites from slavery in Egypt
Psalm 146:1,5-9: God "executes justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry, sets the prisoners free, opens the eyes of the blind, lifts up those who are bowed down.”
Mary sings, "he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant...lifted up the lowly, filled the hungry with good things.”
Prophets warn against injustice
Is. 10:1-2: “Ah you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right.”
Amos 2:6,7 “they sell the righteous for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals; they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and push the afflicted out of the way.”
Amos 6:1-7 “Alas for those who are at ease...for those who feel secure...but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph...therefore they shall now be the first to go into exile.”
Worship is meaningless without Justice
Amos 5:21-24 “I take no delight in your solemn assemblies...Take away from me the noise of your songs...but let justice roll down like waters…”
Is. 1:10-15 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?...bringing offerings is futile...even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves...seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
1Cor. 11:17-22 “when you come together it is not for the better, but for the worse...when the time comes to eat, each of you goes ahead with your own supper, and one goes hungry and another becomes drunk.”
Luke 4:18,19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free…”
Mt. 25:31-46 “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Luke 14:12-14: “When you give a dinner, don’t invite your friends...when you have a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.”
Mercy and Forgiveness outweigh Punishment
Joel 2:13 “Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.”
Jer. 18:8 “if that nation turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it.”
God relents from punishing Nineveh.
Col 2:13,14 “When you were dead in sin...God made you alive with him when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.”