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SOCIAL JUSTICE

October 19, 2016

Wednesday

 

Jeremiah 22:3 

 

Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jeremiah instructed the king and his administrators to practice justice in their decisions regarding civil matters. They should protect the weak and vulnerable and should not shed innocent blood. Social justice has always been important to Yahweh.

 

Who within our society are represented by the ones robbed by extortionist or by the sojourner, orphan, and widow? Is it the poor, the migrant, the alien? Is it the Third World worker who provides delicacies for our table, or cheap products for our market, but barely ekes out an existence for himself and his family? Is our concern for justice limited to ourselves and those like us? Or do we practice justice even toward those who have no advocate?

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 31:9

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