2005-09-11 - Peace and Justice
Psalm 10, Part 2
But in case you haven't noticed, at present, it isn't peaceful or just.
The Second Advent is the next event in Christ's life. So, now as we wait for His second coming, we are still waiting for peace and justice. We know justice didn't come with Jesus the first time around.
It is the realization that the "Second Coming" is the basis for our hope that is the thought behind this study. As we look back to the first Advent with joy, we simultaneously look forward to the second with hope. And it seems it might be appropriate to celebrate the Second Advent as well as the first, for though it hasn't happened yet, it will.
The cry of God's people has always been for justice to be worked out in the world, and this cry still goes up. It is something we often express ourselves, when we see the inequities in this world. And we find it was this same thing David also desired, as we examine Psalm 10, a Psalm that seems to ask and answer the question "Hey God, where are you?" This question often arises as we observe the plight of believers in a world that seems to be controlled by the unrighteous.
While we know the answer intellectually and theologically, this knowledge often lacks an emotional reality as we face difficult situations. The apparent lack of justice in the world, and of involvement on the part of God, is a concern that is frequently expressed in Scripture. In fact, the prophet Jeremiah once said,
"You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?" (Jeremiah 12:1).
And in Psalm 10 David expresses this same concern.
Series to be continued.
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