“Maintain Justice in the Courts”
VOL. XVI NO.53 September 21 – 27, 2013
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `the truth shall make you free’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 8:32, the Holy Bible).
TITHING GIVES FINANCIAL ABUNDANCE: For those who believe in the Bible, one of the surest ways to enable them to experience financial blessings and abundance is their delivery of one-tenth (1/10) of all that they earn or produce to their respective churches.
This is called “tithing”, and anyone who does it is actually accepting the challenge made by God in Malachi 3:10: “…`Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, `and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room enough for it’…”
In fact, not giving tithes (or 1/10 of whatever we earn or produce) to our churches is considered by God as turning away from Him (Malachi 3:7) and stealing from or robbing Him (Malachi 3:8), which puts our whole nation under a curse (Malachi 3:9).
It is only by bringing the whole tithe—the whole 1/10 or 10 percent of all that we earn and produce—to the churches that a people will be blessed by God once again, with all the nations calling them blessed because their land will be a delightful land (Malachi 3:12).
“MAINTAIN JUSTICE IN THE COURTS”: Here are some nuggets of Biblical wisdom on the issue of justice: Amos 5:15: “… maintain justice in the courts…” Exodus 23:6: “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.” Leviticus 19:15: “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”
Deuteronomy 16:19: “Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. Deuteronomy 16:20: “Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you…”
Psalm 103:6: “The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.” Psalm 106:3: “Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.” Psalm 112:5: “Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.
Psalm 140:12: “I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Proverbs 17:23: “A wicked man accepts a bribe in secret to pervert the course of justice.” Proverbs 18:5: “It is not good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice…”