Week 34   Day 3

 

  

justice is not so much a matter of equality

as that people receive what they need 

 

physical necessities of course 

            food 

            clothing 

            shelter 

 

emotional necessities certainly 

            dignity 

            respect 

            honor 

 

spiritual necessities to be sure 

            meaning 

            purpose 

            values   

 

we are eager to claim justice for ourselves 

yet we often forget or ignore

those persons for whom justice is withheld 

 

but the Lord out of his patience 

perseveres with us even though 

we have wearied him 

we are seen through his tear-filled eyes 

we have rejected him time and again 

 

and he calls us back to basics 

to the fundamentals of our covenant 

to do justice 

to love kindness 

to walk humbly with God 

 

the priorities of God are clear

 

                                                                     ---rus

 

 

 

                                               QUESTIONS

Words of doom, words of hope; God judges, God delivers.

                                  Micah 6 & 7 and Nahum 1

 

1Hear now what the Lord says: 

     "Arise, plead your case, let the hills hear your voice.

     2Hear the Lord's complaint, you foundations of the earth;

     For the Lord has a complaint and He will contend with Israel.

3"O My people, what have I done to you? 

     And how have I wearied you?

     4 I brought you up, I redeemed you from bondage;

     And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

     5 O My people, remember now and know the Lord."

6With what shall I come and bow before the High God?

     With burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

     7Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,

     Ten thousand rivers of oil?

     Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression;

     The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8He has shown you, O man, what is good;

     And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly,

     To love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

1Woe is me!  8Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; 

     When I fall, I will arise;

     When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.

     9 I will bear the Lord's indignation, because I have sinned,

     Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me.

     He will bring me to the light; I will see His righteousness.

18Who is a God like our God, pardoning iniquity?

     He does not retain anger forever, because He delights in mercy.

     19He will again have compassion and subdue our iniquities.

     You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

     20You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham,

     Which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old.

 

1The book of the vision of Nahum.

     3The Lord is slow to anger and great in power.

     The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm,

     The clouds are the dust of His feet.

     4He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers.

     5The mountains quake before him, the hills melt,

     The earth heaves at His presence, yes, and all who dwell in it.

     7The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;

     And He knows those who trust in him.
         This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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