What Does the Bible Say About Justice?

What Does the Bible Say About Justice?
Amos 5

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24

I. The Indictment When Justice is Instructed

O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth! Amos 5:7

They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. Amos 5:10

12 For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. 13 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time. Amos 5:12-13

A. The Economy Crumbles When Justice is Perverted

Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. Amos 5:11

B. False Religions Flourish When Justice is Perverted

4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live; 5 but do not seek Bethel,and do not enter into Gilgalor cross over to Beersheba;for Gilgal shall surely go into exile,and Bethel shall come to nothing.” Amos 5:4-5

II. Unjust People Do Not Understand the Second-Coming of Christ

Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light. Amos 5:18

I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. Amos 5:21-23

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24

III. There is Finality to This Prophecy

1 Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel: 2 “Fallen, no more to rise, is the virgin Israel; forsaken on her land, with none to raise her up.’ 3 For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘The city that went out a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went out a hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel. Amos 5:1-3

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel. Matthew 1:23

 

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