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Transformation Garden - July 4, 2014

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July 4, 2014

“This is the kind of fast I’m after; to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed and cancel debts.”

Isaiah 58: 6
The Message Bible

EXPLORATION

Heavenly Justice

“Justice” – The principle or ideal of moral uprightness and equity. Righteousness. Doing what is right and fair.          

What do I think of when I hear the word “justice”?

“May you be drenched with the longing for peace, and make justice blossom on earth.”

Hildegard of Biagen
Germany
1098-1179

INSPIRATION

“Let justice flow like water and integrity like an unfailing stream.”

Amos 5: 24

Our question for today is, “What do I think of when I hear the word “justice”? If you’re like most people, maybe your idea of justice has been tainted by popular television shows or by something that has happened in government or maybe your meaning of justice has been colored by a speeding ticket you received.

However, if you live somewhere on planet earth, like some of our Transformation Garden members, where supposed “justice” is a soldier with a gun in his hand, ransacking the place you call home – justice will have a very different meaning to you.

What I have found interesting in preparing the devotionals for the next few days is that God has so much to say about justice throughout the Scriptures. Especially in the book of Isaiah, where God repeatedly calls the wayward people to repentance and to a life of righteousness – a life of justice. In Isaiah 61: 8 (Amplified Bible), God spells it out clearly when He says, “I the Lord love justice. I hate robbery and wrong with violence.” You can’t say it any clearer than that. In Isaiah 30:18, God describes Himself this way, “For the Lord is a God of justice.” And in Isaiah 28: 17, God goes so far as to say, “I will make justice the measuring line.” In other words, as the Hebrew word justice means, the measuring stick for everything we do will be what is, “altogether right before God.” The assessment of our real behavior isn’t from the people around us and how they’re acting; it isn’t even how our church tells us to act; and it isn’t what the government tells us to do. Our standard for behavior is what God has told us in the Scripture. Now before you get the wrong ideas about what I just said, I don’t mean to give you the idea that we should break the speed rules or ignore our pastor and family. However, our measuring stick isn’t what everyone else is doing – it is what God has asked us to do.

And in Isaiah 58, when it comes to the subject of justice, He’s very clear: untie the ropes of injustice, stop exploiting the people, get that yoke off the necks of hurting people.” If you notice, God deals with the justice issue before He tells us to provide food to the hungry or clothe the naked and give shelter to the homeless.

God wants us to get this idea of fairness … equity … right living … righteousness ... and justice clear in our minds. Why? Because when we treat people with fairness, equality, right behavior and justice – guess what – there won’t be as many hungry or homeless or poverty-stricken children of God on earth.

A while ago, I saw a picture of two oxen plowing a field with a heavy wooden yoke hooking the two animals together. They were trudging through a field pulling a plow. It looked unpleasant to my eyes. But just imagine if the weight of poverty or pain or hunger hung around your neck like a yoke. God tells us bluntly this was never and is not today in His plan for any of His children. This is why His message through Isaiah to you and me is to help break those cords, release the captives, and unfasten the yoke, because “I am a God of justice. I am a God who calls you to righteousness – to living right.”

 The Aching World

“O God,
You took upon You
the yoke of humanity
and the burden of love,
and did not find it easy;
let us learn from You
to share the weight
of all this aching world,
that our souls may be light,
our hearts rested,
as together we are carried by
You in Jesus Christ.”

Janet Morley
Praying through the Year with Christian Aid

AFFIRMATION

 Liberator Lord

“To those whose lives are bitter, the poor and dispossessed
your word is one of justice, of balances redressed,
the riches of creation a commonwealth possessed.
May your spirit be upon us, our Liberator Lord.

To those who live in bondage of body and of mind
Who are prisoners of ignorance or the hatred of their kind
Your word is one of liberty, the captive to unbind.
May your spirit be upon us, our Liberator Lord.

To those whose eyes are blinded, who will or dare not see
Your word is calling softly, come, face reality
And find in it the dearest truth, your lives will precious be.
May your spirit be upon us, our Liberator Lord.

To those who know the anguish of love that cannot flower
Whose race or class or gender define another’s power,
Your word is one of freedom to grow and not to cower.
May your spirit be upon us, our Liberator Lord.

You have spoken through the prophets and the saints of history
Through the sobbing of the voiceless and the groans of the unfree
And your voice is still proclaiming, ‘now, you must speak for me.’
May your spirit be upon us, our Liberator Lord.”

Kathy Galloway
Love Burning Deep

“As a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so surely the Lord God will cause righteousness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations through the self-fulfilling power of His word.”

Isaiah 61: 11
Amplified Bible

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
[email protected]

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