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GOD’S PROPHETS DEMAND JUSTICE
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Unit 3: Advocates of Justice for All
Many associate the Old Testament prophets with stern, unyielding “turn or burn” proclamations of judgement. While the judgement of God on a wayward people is certainly an inescapable part of the prophets’ language, one could also summarize their message with the phase “turn and burn”: God’s people must both turn from their selfish, sinful ways and burn with a passion for justice. The lessons for this month highlight some of the Old Testament prophets’ most notable calls to just living.
August 2nd - Lesson 9 - A Redeemer in Zion
Devotional Reading: Exodus 6:2-8
Background Scripture: Isaiah 59; Psalm 89:11-18
Key Verse: The Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression to Jacob, saith the Lord. - Isaiah 59:20
Thought to Remember: Proclaim both God’s justice and His mercy.
August 9th - Lesson 10 - A Choice to be Just
Devotional Reading: Jeremiah 26:8-15
Background Scripture: Ezra 7:1, 6, 21-28; Jeremiah 7:1-15
Key Verse: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. - Jeremiah 7:3
Thought to Remember: Know God’s desires, and do them.
August 16th - Lesson 11 - A Call for Repentance
Devotional Reading: Hosea 14
Background Scripture: Ezekiel 18; Proverbs 21:2-15
Key Verse: Therefor I will judge you. O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all of your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel - Ezekiel 18:30,31
Thought to Remember: Every person is responsible before God.
August 23rd - Lesson 12 - A Demand for Justice
Devotional Reading: Psalm 147:1-11
Background Scripture: Zechariah 7; Isaiah 30:18-26
Key Verse: Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgement, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: and oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. - Zechariah 7:9,10
Thought to Remember: God wants full commitment to Him.
August 30th - Lesson 13 - A Plea to Return to God
Devotional Reading: Psalm 25:4-11
Background Scripture: Malachi 3:1-12; Matthew 7:12
Key Verse: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. - Matthew 7:12
Thought to Remember: God still blesses generosity.
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