March 11, 2017: SOAP #2655: Deuteronomy 16-18; Psalm 38; Galatians 2 Scripture: Deuteronomy (NIV) 16:18 Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. 19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for [...]

March 11, 2017: SOAP #2655: Deuteronomy 16-18; Psalm 38; Galatians 2

Scripture: Deuteronomy (NIV) 16:18 Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.
19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
20 Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Observation: Through Moses, God is giving instructions for establishing the government when they settle in the Promised Land. Justice is priority. 'Follow justice and justice alone' Justice is more important than preferences. It is more important than sympathy. Mercy is also important, but it must be based on justice.

God can give us mercy because justice was satisfied at the cross.

Application: A government cannot last that always gives mercy without satisfying the demand of justice. It is like a bank who mercifully loans money to every need presented but does not demand the loans to be justly settled.

When wronged, I can give mercy because I can satisfy justice's demand by forgiving and bearing the wrong myself.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your holiness demands justice. In love, You provided a way for me to have mercy. Jesus willingly bore my wrong! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Amen

Pastor Leon
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