“For I, the Lord, love justice…”
The Bible has several themes woven throughout it. You can read the Bible looking for a theme of redemption & find it over and over again. You can look through the Bible & find examples of God’s faithfulness countless times. When you read the Bible, do you ever look for themes of justice? If not, let me tell you, justice is all over the place in the Bible.
What do I mean by justice? Am I talking about the nickname for Chuck Norris‘ roundhouse-kicking right boot? Those are both good questions.
In the original Hebrew and Greek, the words that we translate into “justice” in English are very closely related to “righteousness”. That is why you will often find the phrase “justice and righteousness” side by side like Abbott and Costello. They’re inseparable. When I discuss justice on this blog, I am talking primarily about right conduct in relation to others, especially with regard to the rights of others (borrowed some wording from bible-history.com).
The bottom line is, God’s heart beats for the needs of people who are at a disadvantage, whether it’s a physical, spiritual, or economic shortcoming, and He has entrusted the Church to pursue justice for these individuals and love them well.
I just found this Bible that highlights poverty and justice…a similar concept as The Green Bible that I wrote about a while ago. It’s called, appropriately, The Poverty and Justice Bible. Y