Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters
Introduction: 1. (Amos 5:24).
- (Micah 6:8).
- (Habakkuk 1:1-4).
- The Old Testament prophets were courageous men of God who endured
ridicule, persecution, and even martyrdom for boldly proclaiming God’s
- The theme of their preaching was repentance and a longing for justice.
- I have some good news and some bad news.
a. Bad news first – Injustice will never be eradicated in this world.
b. Good news – Justice will ultimately be realized.
- In this lesson, I want us to consider what we can do to affect justice.
I. Injustice Is Not New
A. The time between the testaments.
- Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
- The Maccabean Revolt.
B. The time of Jesus – The Romans.
II. How They Responded to Injustice in Jesus’ Time
A. Some tried to make small changes within the corrupt system (e.g. Herodians &
B. Some tried to totally retreat from the corrupt system (e.g. Pharisees & Essenes).
C. Some sought to riot and act as terrorists (e.g. Zealots).
III. Responding to Injustice with Biblical Principles
A. Have compassion (Matthew 9:36).
B. Speak up for the oppressed (Proverbs 31:8-9).
C. Seek lawful protection (Acts 22,23,26; Romans 13:1-7).
D. Remember that justice will be eventually realized (Revelation 6:10, 20:4).
E. Have a greater appreciation for the justice we experience in God’s kingdom
F. Persevere through injustice in a way that brings glory to God (Matthew 5:1-16,
39-42; Romans 12:20-21).
Conclusion: 1. May this fallen world in which we live cause us to lift our eyes to heaven.
- While we may cry out, “How long oh, Lord, how long?” be assured that
our desire for justice will eventually be realized.