THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2010
JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
theme for 2010 is about the justice and righteousness
of God. “The Almightywe cannot find him;
he is great in power and justice, and abundant righteousness
he will not violate.” (Job 37:23, RSV). “God’s
power is so great that we cannot come near him; he
is righteous and just in his dealings with us.”
(Job 37:23, GNB).
though just and righteous, suffered much. As such,
the justice and righteousness of God came into question.
Not that it is a question whether God is just and
righteous, because He is, but it is a question
about where, in the situation of Job, do we see the
justice and righteousness of God.
The discussions of Job’s three friends and Elihu
with him kept going to the aspects of justice and
righteousness. They saw Job’s severe suffering
as a consequence of his being unjust and unrighteous,
while Job maintained that he was just and righteous,
and so could not understand why God would allow him
to be severely afflicted.
“Reflect now, what innocent
person perishes? Since when are the upright destroyed?”
a man be righteous as against God?
Can a mortal be blameless against
his Maker?” (Job 4:17)
“What is a man that he should be blameless,
one born of a woman that he should be righteous?”
it of advantage to the Almighty if you are just?
Or is it a gain to him if you make your ways perfect?”
delivers him who is innocent; you
shall be delivered through cleanness of hands.”
“Should you be blameless
and upright, surely now he will
awake for you and restore your rightful domain”
can a man be just in God’s
sight, or how can any woman’s child be innocent?
“If you remove all iniquity
from your conduct, and let not injustice dwell in
your tent, surely then you may lift up your face
in innocence” (Job 11:14-15a)
“To show him what is right
for him and bring the man back to justice”
God cannot act wickedly, the Almighty
cannot violate justice.”
wickedness can affect only a man
like yourself; and your justice
only a fellow human being.” (Job 35:8)
“Upright men are astonished at this, and the
innocent aroused against the wicked.”
I die I will not renounce my innocence.
My justice I maintain and I will
not relinquish it” (Job 27:5b-6a)
my enemy be as the wicked and my
adversary as the unjust!” (Job 27:7).
wore my honesty like a garment;
justice was my robe and my turban.”
God weigh me in the scales of justice;
thus will he know my innocence!”
In the face of our many questions, in the face of
continuing affliction and suffering of the just and
righteous, in the face of prosperity of and lack of
punishment for the unjust and unrighteous, in our
brokenness in spirit, we can only exclaim: “The
Almighty! Just and righteous is He.”
Before God finally spoke, Elihu spoke. God used Elihu
as a sort of introducer of the main speaker. God used
Elihu to express the reality of who He is and what
our proper posture, in the face of our questions,
is to be. “The Almighty! we cannot discover
him, pre-eminent in power and judgment; his great
justice owes no one an accounting.” (Job 37:23,
NAB). Our posture is simply reverential fear and humility.
turn, before Job had his final say, Bildad gave his
third speech, the last discourse of all three friends
of Job. Unlike all the other speeches before, it is
very short. But it reflects Elihu’s “introduction”
to the main and final speaker, God. It is reflective
of the aspects of our theme for 2010.
First, God is great and we are simply to be in awe
of Him. “Dominion and awesomeness are his who
brings about harmony in his heavens. Is there any
numbering of his troops? Yet to which of them does
not his light extend? Behold, even the moon is not
bright and the stars are not clear in his sight.”
(Job 25:2-3,5). God is awesome in His majesty.
we are thus to be humble and unquestioning in the
face of God’s greatness. “How much less
man, who is but a maggot, the son of man, who is only
a worm?” (Job 25:6). If the perfect creation
of God, the moon and the stars that shine forth in
the heavens, are not bright in relation to God’s
awesome brightness, then how much less are we, imperfect
creatures that we are, in relation to God. We are
nothing before a great and awesome God.
we look to justice and righteousness. In regard to
being just and righteous, we are not, but God is.
“How can a man be just in God’s sight,
or how can any woman’s child be innocent?”
Job was blameless and upright, who feared God and
avoided evil (Job 1:1). But still, he was sinful,
born in original sin. Even if he indeed was righteous,
it was still nothing compared to the righteousness
of God. God is perfect, we are not. John says: “If
we say, ‘We are without sin,’ we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 Jn
even if Job was just, it was nothing compared to the
justice of God. Isaiah says: “all of us have
become like unclean men, all our good deeds are like
polluted rags” (Is 64:5a).
Let us recognize who we truly are, sinners in need
of redemption. Despite this we are called to the perfection
of God. Such redemption and holiness come through
the fire of God’s purification, by means of
affliction and suffering. Such is the way of the cross.
we suffer and endure, let us look to God. And let
us always exclaim: “the Almighty! Just and righteous
(November 19, 2009)
Though indeed there in the world are those who, in
the face of injustice and suffering, question the
justice and righteousness of God.
 Innocence here refers to being just. “Let
God weigh me in the scales of justice; thus will he
know my innocence!” (Job 31:6).
 Upright = righteous.
 Blameless = just.
 Innocent in this instance refers to righteousness.
A child is not yet in a position to be just or unjust.
On the other hand, a child is conceived in original
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