JUSTICE by Pastor Paul Locke for loxland.com 16/06/2017
Judge of Universe is the title of God who created us in his image, so we should imitate him by being just. Making judgements is his role as judge and weighs acts on scales as a test of our actions. (Dan 5:27) God makes the rules and will not break them himself; expecting that the world will do the same. The Law was given to Moses so that people could know a Holy God through striving when always God intended Grace through faith and not by works. The Just shall live by faith. (Rom 3:24)
Love of God endures forever (Ps 136:1-26) and works through those who love him. Justice tempered with mercy is what we expect from God so that any test we are subjected to will not be more than we can bear. (1Cor 10:13) The Bible tells us that God tests us, those whom he loves, so like the Philippians we should endure hardship with the joy of the Lord. The proof of God’s love for us is seen through the gift of Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Imitate Jesus who came to save the world and not judge it. (Jhn 12:47) He commends ‘judge not and you will not be judged’ and told the disciples to do as they saw him do. Apostle Paul advises the Corinthians to sow tithes to God in love and not in compulsion because of his authority given by God. (2Cor 13:10) Jesus gave the Parable of the Unjust Judge as a focus on how the widow received justice through persistent complaining. Believers must sow a seed to meet their need.
Value of seed is more potent when sown from your willingness and not from your lack. (2Cor 8:12) The tithe collected from the people is taken up by ministers and given to the High Priest (Senior Pastor) and it becomes most holy. His responsibility to God is to hear from God on where the most holy tithe is to be used. (Lev 27:28) The Parable of the Sower is given by Jesus to focus on where the seed is sown, so justice is served when the harvest is not blocked by the thieving devil.
Bishops are the Senior Pastors who should know that God provides and blesses the giver. Something has been lost in the Word of God that says, ‘God gives seed to the sower’ (2Cor 9:10) and ‘Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it will not provide a harvest’; so begging from others and not putting their requests to God in prayer must offend God. Justice is served when God rebukes the devourer through not robbing God in tithes and offerings. (Mal 3:11) Teach the people to give.