Merciful and Just

Dancing in the Kingdom – Table of Contents

[Bible references: Psalm 33:5; Proverbs 2:9; Isaiah 1:17; 56:1; Jeremiah 22:3; Micah 6:8; Matthew 18:21-35]

There is much in this world that is not just or righteous. As God’s servants, we are called to seek both. But just like the servant in the parable of the unmerciful servant we can forget the mercies shown to us when we are dealing with each other. There is much that makes us yearn for justice in a world filled with cruelty, but we need to remember that as God acted on his own demands of justice, he yet found a way to bestow great mercy on us.

The prophets of Israel, and even Jesus, condemned those people who acted in self-righteousness and did not seek justice and mercy for those around them. In our own search for justice, we should remember the entreaty in Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”[1]


[1] Owens, Nellie. “Four things everyone should know about humility” Activechristianity.com   activechristianity.org/4-things-everyone-should-know-about-humility; Britton, Doug. “The Bible shows the power in humility” http://www.dougbrittonbooks.com/onlinebiblestudies-selfworthandrespect/meaningofhumilityinthebible-humbleinbible/

Reflect

In what ways have you received mercy in your life?

Observe

Isaiah 1:17; Micah 6:8. Think about how humility relates to both mercy and justice. What implications does that have for how we treat others?

Author: transcendenttouched

I have been teaching the Bible to children and adults for over twenty years. Most recently, including teaching Discipleship/Confirmation classes. I have also been involved in various church leadership roles for many of those years. Until recently, my writing endeavors have been confined mainly to poetry. I've written an anthology of my first 40 years of writing poetry in my book, Growing. I have also written an overview of the Bible called, God Reveals Himself.

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