Judgment and Justice

Isaiah 56:1-2.

Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.

Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

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God’s command to Israel in verse 1  is an encouragement for Israel as a nation to do justice, because their eternal deliverance is coming.  In verse 2, God promises that the one who keeps His commandments, exampled by the keeping of the Sabbath, will be blessed (happy). The word used to show failure to keep the Sabbath is polluting.  Defiling, using it against the way God has decreed, forsaking the keeping of the Sabbath and becoming like the Gentile nations surrounding them.

Both these verses are about the Second Advent of Christ. They are encouraging Israel to walk uprightly until that day, so that they are ready when Jesus comes.

Today was the end of my self-proclaimed political fast, and I did something I wish I hadn’t.  I read some political posts that served only to get me all riled up and completely NOT in the mood to open God’s Word.  I had to stop and pray, ask God to clear my mind.

I do think we need to be aware of what is going on in our country—our poor, benighted, mis-lead country in which so much untruth has become accepted as truth;  a country in which we have accepted actors and actresses as having more wisdom than God Himself.  It’s amazing.

But we can’t let all this turn our minds and hearts from biblical truth. It’s what will keep us straight in our thinking and our behavior.

Micah 6:8. “ He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”


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