By Mark Shields
So let us keep our focus on the integrity of the Cross. The picture of the Cross above was taken at my nieces wedding. The Cross binds us to God and binds two together in a marriage. The cross also binds a community together by applying the principles taught by Christ so there is liberty and justice for all.
This day with God, we will use the following questions as we reflect on His Word:
Why, do you think, are the provisions here to assure justice so important (See 10:17-18)? Are these principles important for your nation? Why? What do you do when you become aware of idolatry in your life?
*Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. – Albert Einstein
The provisions in Deuteronomy 16:18 through 17:20 declare justice is important because God is a just God. There should be no bribes because bribes blind the eyes of the wise (v. 19). There should be no partiality to the poor or favoritism to the rich within a society. Food and clothing should be available for the needy.
The treasure of what is true and right must be for all. A society must judge with integrity and with the friendly companion of truth which history has sorted out over time. Historically proving that the accurate Word of God is reliable to nourish and strengthen a society so it can flourish.
By being one nation under God, rooted out is idolatry much like a gardener removes weeds from a garden. There is a need for many helpers to participate in making something flourish because it requires a major effort but it is much more rewarding when others get to share in the success.
Judges and kings had the responsibility to maintain justice. They were to assure that orphans and widows would be defended. They were to know God’s Word and apply it within the society so the nation of Israel could prosper. It’s the same today because there must be a sense of justice, security, and order for individuals to invest in communities. For a nation to prosper, law and order must be present so there is liberty and justice for all.
A nation must purge evil so good can prevail. If idolatry enters in, God’s Word can be used to nourish virtuous activities so this good has a chance to grow. Eventually over time, the good will flourish and idolatry will be smothered out to no longer exist.
This day with You Lord, we reach for Your high standards. Help us to take in Your Word and live out each day with a sense of urgency. We are thankful for the advantages You provide because of the integrity of the Cross including grace, resurrection power, and the Holy Spirit to guide us each day toward these high standards. Amen.
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