Lots of people talk about social justice and what’s wrong in the world.  

Justice is important to God too. It’s so important that how to live justly is a consistent theme throughout the Bible. Following Jesus means we have to know Him, and part of knowing Him is knowing what’s important to Him. So if it’s important to God, it should be important to us. 

In spending time reflecting on what God says about justice, it is our hope that your heart will resonate with God’s to  act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. It’s no easy task, but it’s a worthy calling. As we apply God’s heart of justice, we’ll see ourselves and others changed as the kingdom of heaven comes to earth.

All scripture passages have been taken from the Life Application Study Bible NIV, Tyndale/Zondervan Publishing House

Day 26

Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Be silent, Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the Lord your God. Obey the Lord your God and follow his commands and decrees that I give you today.” On the same day Moses commanded the people:  When you have crossed the Jordan, these tribes shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar,Joseph and Benjamin.  And these tribes shall stand on Mount Ebalto pronounce curses: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali.The Levites shall recite to all the people of Israel in a loud voice:

“Cursed is anyone who makes an idol—a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

“Cursed is anyone who dishonors their father or mother.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

“Cursed is anyone who moves their neighbor’s boundary stone.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

“Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

 “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

 “Cursed is anyone who has sexual relations with any animal.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

 “Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” 

“Cursed is anyone who sleeps with his mother-in-law.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

 “Cursed is anyone who kills their neighbor secretly.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”

“Cursed is anyone who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!

“Cursed is anyone who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out.”Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:9-26

  • What does this narrative tell me about God?
  • What does this tell me about people and myself?
  • How does it clarify my view of God, Jesus and myself?
  • What needs to change in my life in order to live in obedience to this passage?
  • Given those who I am in a relationship with, who might be interested in knowing this too?