God & Justice – The Prophets Introduction

Description:  Justicen – the quality of being just; righteousness or moral rightness, the moral principle determining just conduct – Dictionary.com

Just– acting or being in conformity with what is morally upright or goodRIGHTEOUS – Merriam-webster.com

The world is deeply interested in the topic of justice. As God’s people, we have the greatest resource on the topic of justice: God’s Word.  The prophets speak most clearly on the topic of justice, especially in our relationships; first with God, then with others.

Dates           Titles            Book                      Events

May 16 – Our Best for God (Malachi)     

2 I have loved you,” says the LORD. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’  Malachi 1:2 (NIV)

9 because you have not followed my ways 17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. “Where is the God of justice?” Malachi 2:9 &17 (NIV)

May 23 – Building for God (Haggai)                   School Ends

“Haggai’s little book is one of the gems of the Old Testament. It has permanent relevance because its concern is not with rebuilding the temple, but with priorities.”  Eerdmans’ Handbook to the Bible

6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” 7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.

May 30 – Salvation of God (Zechariah)             Memorial Day Weekend/Communion

Jesus is our salvation! As we look at Zechariah’s prophecy, we will see details of Christ’s life that were written 500 years before their fulfillment. Read and be in awe of our God, who keeps his promises.

9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)

June 6 – Judgement of God (Nahum & Zephaniah)  School/Graduation

“Nahum’s oracle of judgment on the Assyrian Empire was written in 650 BC and fulfilled a generation later in 612 BC.  Zephaniah proclaimed the coming of the Day of the Lord when the current state of affairs will be replaced with the Lord’s intended order- a time of justice.”  The Essential Bible Companion

3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. Nahum 1:3 (NKJV)

14 The great day of the LORD is near… A day of devastation and desolation… 17 “I will bring distress upon men, because they have sinned against the LORD; 18 Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD’S wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured…Zephaniah 1:14-18 (NKJV)

June 13– Mercy of God (Lamentations)                     Preteen Camp (June 13-16)

36 To deprive a man of justice— would not the Lord see such things? 38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? 39 Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? 40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. Lamentations 3:36-40 (NIV)

I hope you can join us for this series!



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Lead Pastor of Upwards Church: Leander & Jarrell, TX
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