Wednesday, September 23 2020
Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. 9Even the king milks the land for his own profit! (Ecclesiastes 5:8) (King Solomon)
When we experience this pandemic, I am sure many folk are wondering what on earth is happening in the spiritual realm? For someone who is familiar with the Bible and its history, and knows Jesus Christ as Saviour of their soul, we have no excuses at all.
I thought it might be beneficial for all of us hit by this invisible killer to be able to figure out other aspects than our immediate health and welfare on earth, and to understand its spiritual significance. And we may be able to assist God in His work to fulfil His wishes regarding his human family here on earth.
I have been watching Daniel Andrews every day during the past weeks and months, trying to work things out for the benefit of Melbournians Victoria Australia. He is doing a great job by the way. I watch the figures going down and I feel happier and although I don't live in that region I still feel empathy and affected by what its citizens are going through.
Being stuck inside by preference (my own) I try to keep occupied and have been catching up on movies I missed during the past 20 years or so. I watched a movie called "In the Name of the Father" a couple of nights ago, and I had to watch to the end. I may have seen some of that movie a few years ago, but I could not remember exactly what it was about.
It was about injustice and its implications for an innocent family (Irish) living in Belfast during the bombings, which was a horrible time for everyone, no matter their religion or beliefs. I was so taken aback by the movie that I actually cried and prayed about injustices that harm whole communities deeply. Then I began to wonder if anyone would like to know more about what God hates? This is a short note on injustice. I read about it in many passages of the Bible and I certainly know it is one of God's top hates.
This is just a short study that I have noticed when I read the Bible, which I hope everyone is reading diligently by now, especially Christians! Now is the time for answers and the answers are definitely in here, the Bible. In Micah 3, here are a few words the Lord sends to the Kingdom of Jothan, Ahaz and Hezekiah, concerning Samaria (Kingdom of Israel) and Jerusalem (Judah).
"...Listen to me, you leaders of Israel. You hate justice and twist all that is right. You are buiding Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption. You rulers make decisions based on bribes; you priests teach God's Laws only for a price...Yet you all claim to depend on the Lord. "No harm can come to us," you say..." (3:9-10) And so it goes on, laying bare the sins and injustices being carried out in the name of the Lord.
The result of these injustices (which went on for hundreds of years) was this: v 12: Because of you Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field. Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins! (which happened)
The Lord asks his people: Who will hear these lessons from the past? (Isaiah 42:23)
Can we say that we have learned from reading historic lessons? If we do not, we are destined to repeat every one of them.
Every day the news brings us incidents of injustices happening all over the globe, including cyber theft and every other injustice we can wish against.
This virus is boneless evil that loves company and loves injustice and harming anyone who comes near to it.
We must fight this virus with everything we know already, its sneakiness, its danger, its love of harming and its horrible affects that remain within our bodies.
We can also fight against injustices and allow God to show us our own injustices that harm others. In some intangible ways, this virus is connected to our condoning of injustices and our neglect of helping others who have been harmed by injustice, either by governments or individuals.
One of the characteristics that drew me to God and a reason I accepted Jesus as my Saviour was the notion that I could become more just and have more good attributes in my own conscience. That is still my ongoing goal.
If you want to study more about the injustices that God hates, go to a concordance or online and google injustice. (Wrong, violence, injury) KJV only has one entry with this name! But there are other translations with clear explanations.
For me, I hate injustice a lot and will continue to try and seek justice for all wrongs that I am aware of and also pray I will never be unjust to anyone. (Deliver us from evil)
https://www.openbible.info/topics/injustice (this looks like a good study for us all)
Please do not be offended by the portrait of an unknown Aboriginal man in my Blog.
No bad intentions are meant in any way if this man reminds you of someone you know. I show no disrespect to coloured people and ask that you forgive any indiscretion you think you may find here. I respect the original folk who lived in this land before others arrived. God bless you all.
Remember, I have an Irish heritage and being a portrait painter has been part of my life since age 3 or 4 when I drew girls in fine dresses. It is simply my artistic expression. I love bringing an image to life in my art and in books, so it gives me immense enjoyment. When I created this picture I loved every moment and learned a lot about skin colour, people's expressions and the difficult in bringing an image to life. I fell in love with this painting and will always treasure it.