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JUSTICE

January 27, 2014

Monday

Proverbs 21:15  

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

 

EXAMPLE

Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.

                                                                                                          H.L. Mencken

 

LESSON

Solomon’s was a sitting king at the time of this writing, so he clearly understood the importance of justice and judgment. The word judgment causes the unrighteous to shirk, whereas it causes the righteous to get excited about receiving their impending reward. No one understood this better than Solomon. As Israel’s national leader he knew the nation’s history. If you read first and second Chronicles and first and second Kings you will see how the nation of Israel experienced their share of ups and downs. Whenever they had a righteous leader, the nation would prosper. Whenever they had an unrighteous leader, the nation would suffer. It all hinged upon the time of judgment. The Lord judged the nation during the time of every leader; it’s just that when He placed the nation on the scales of justice during the reign of unrighteous leaders, the results were unpleasant for the nation. However, when the Lord placed the nation on the scales of justice during the time of righteous leaders, the results were welcomed and pleasant for the people.

There is the common judgment that takes place all the time, where the Lord judges our actions and ensures that we reap whatever we sow. If we have been sowing good seed, we reap a good harvest. If not, we don’t. There is no way around it. But ultimately there will be one great Judgment Day. Two major judgments will take place on that day. Human beings are social beings, as is God; therefore, we must learn both how society works and how we can honor God living among others.

 

Memory Verse: Micah 6:8

 

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