Justice And Law 031012
For most people, the terms and concepts of justice and law are almost the same. But for Jesus and his companions in Israel, the difference was broad and clear.
It seems we all know what’s fair and ‘even’ from childhood, and we maintain that sense through life. At some point people thought it would be best to write down rules so we’d all have the same, shared sense of what is fair and just, and that’s where the law (and lawyers) came to be. Even though a written law that is specific about what is fair and just sounds great, it never changes. God’s humankind is always evolving and changing and laws become an obstruction of justice rather than a written guarantee of justice.
In light of recent economic disasters there’s talk about the need to change how banks and mortgage companies operate and report their results; there’s talk of the need for a reform of American mortgage laws to protect the homeowner in distress, and there’s always talk about what’s fair in human relationships, be it relationships between the young and old, between spouses in relationships, and between us all.
As disciples of Christ, we are committed to pursuing justice, as Christ did, to his death. (Actually, lawyers and judges take an oath to pursue justice, rather than the law, too.) But we have to remember to do this as a matter of prayer. We should be praying for justice, and as much as we depend on the grace and love of justice, we should be Christ’s voice of justice in theKingdom of God, which is right here and right now.
Pray for the justice which leads to our peace with God,
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1Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
2Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.
3Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.
4For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5He made it a decree in Joseph, when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a voice I had not known:
6“I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.
7In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
10I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
5You shall take choice flour, and bake twelve loaves of it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each loaf. 6You shall place them in two rows, six in a row, on the table of pure gold. 7You shall put pure frankincense with each row, to be a token offering for the bread, as an offering by fire to the Lord. 8Every sabbath day Aaron shall set them in order before the Lord regularly as a commitment of the people of Israel, as a covenant forever. 9They shall be for Aaron and his descendants, who shall eat them in a holy place, for they are most holy portions for him from the offerings by fire to the Lord, a perpetual due.
19“Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?” 20The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?” 21Jesus answered them, “I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. 22Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. 23If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man’s whole body on the sabbath? 24Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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