Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dedicated his life to seeking justice, we can also remember God’s deep commitment to justice throughout the Bible. Here are 7 (of many) places in the Bible that talk about the importance of justice.

  1. God instructed the Israelites to set up fair courts.
    Deuteronomy 16.18 (GNT):

    Appoint judges and other officials in every town that the Lord your God gives you. These men are to judge the people impartially.

  2. Justice is a part of worship.

    Amos 5.23, 24 (GNT):
    Stop your noisy songs; I do not want to listen to your harps. Instead, let justice flow like a stream, and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.

  3. We depend on God’s justice.

    Psalm 140.12 (GNT):

    Lord, I know that you defend the cause of the poor and the rights of the needy.

  4. Knowing more about justice comes from knowing God.

    Proverbs 28.5 (GNT):

    Evil people do not know what justice is, but those who worship the Lord understand it well.

  5. God will bring his people justice.
    Luke 18. 7, 8b (GNT):

    Now, will God not judge in favor of his own people who cry to him day and night for help? Will he be slow to help them? I tell you, he will judge in their favor and do it quickly.

  6. God’s justice protects us.

    Ephesians 6.14 (CEV)

    Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God's justice protect you like armor.

  7. Jesus will rule with justice.
    Hebrews 1.8 (GNT)

    About the Son, however, God said:

    “Your kingdom, O God, will last forever and ever!

    You rule over your people with justice".

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