Justice and Mercy
3. a. Definitions
“The process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals without showing partiality.”
getting what we deserve. The term usually refers to someone who has broken a law, causing harm to someone or to society.
Kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly
Kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation
A blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion.
A light or suspended sentence is an example of mercy.
Our legal system has mercy built in. For example, the tenant landlord act seeks to protect the tenant while upholding the terms of the lease.
In practice, judges and juries aren’t entirely impartial.
The wealthy can hire better attorneys.
b. Exodus 34:6-7 (NLT)
The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out,
“Yahweh! The Lord!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.
I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty.
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—
even children in the third and fourth generations.”
Thankfully, God canceled generational curses in Ezekiel 18:1-4 (MSG)
God’s Message to me: “What do you people mean by going around the country repeating the saying,
The parents ate green apples,
The children got the stomach ache?
“As sure as I’m the living God, you’re not going to repeat this saying in Israel any longer. Every soul—man, woman, child—belongs to me, parent and child alike. You die for your own sin, not another’s.
And now, we have the new covenant. Jesus died for our sin so we don’t even have to.
God allowed His own Son to receive the punishment we deserve. He served our sentence, so it is paid in full. Hallelujah!
God delays and holds back judgment because of His great mercy. He allows time to repent.
He is slow to anger. People often get angry quickly.
The holy of holies contained a mercy-seat. Not a judgment seat.
4. Examples of justice and mercy in my life
Justice: As a child, my parents spanked me for disobedience.
Mercy: Every day, my husband shows me more patience and mercy than I deserve.