"Right Just Fair"

 

(Updated 1/10/2019) Nobody would claim that their pet dog, cat, horse  longs for righteousness justice and fairness, dignity. Why are these aspirations of the human heart? I believe we aspire for these values because we are created in the  image of God, but that in Society at large love of money, position, power and the cares of life have dulled such noble hopes, so we become like the animals- survival of the fittest. Then I remember seeing a pope washing the feet of Muslim refugees, (Easter 2016) or after the Enniskillen bombing (1987) watching a father offering forgiveness to those who had just been responsible for the death of his child. 

I discovered the expression "Right Just Fair" after a prolonged period of reading the Bible and in particular the book of Proverbs which dates back hundreds of years before the time Jesus lived in Israel. Many believe the Bible is irrelevant,some allege that the Bible is a construction rewritten after events and used as a method of gaining control over those who will not think for themselves. Sadly to this day there are those who justify evil actions by their interrpretation of the Bible.

The Bible (Proverbs and 65 to 69 other independent writings depending on the version) is set out as an "Old"  and "New" Testament  so named because the "Old" contains details of Covenants with "Israel" made by God before Jesus and the "New"(written after Jesus)  takes the original Covenants with Israel to new level.The ruling (Roman) elite around 300 to 350 AD convinced these writings had been by inspiration from God (or perhaps for their own political reasons) were responsible for first combining the writings  so that the Bible is in effect a library tracing a time line of  Gods plan. These writings have had minor updatings to improve accuracy as and when any new finds of ancient manuscripts were uncovered by archaeologists.

For me the compelling evidence of authenticity is that Jesus delared that the "Old Testament" was about Him - even though He was reading from these books that had been written long before he lived. It is therefore possible for you or I to read the Old Testament through a lens /template  of "How does this speak of Jesus?"       

At one level Proverbs is packed with practical guidance, eg do not go guarantor on loans, dont wear yourself out to get rich, provide for your family, the importance of achieving our dreams, and mental damage when our hopes are deferred. There are 31 chapters so one for each day of the month. After many readings I became impacted by our motto,  in chapter 1 v 3 and chapter 2 v 9 ....."then you will discern righteousness and justice and equity (fairness) and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart....." Then I noticed another level in Ch 1 v23 (and throughout the book) that wisdom is personal and from a person- JESUS THE CHRIST.

"turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my Spirit on you;"

I believe that the "I" is JESUS, the Spirit the HOLY SPIRIT  of GOD. JESUS is very interested in right just and fair. He is so interested that JESUS came as the "exact representaton of the Father." As JESUS lived "Right", He demonstrated the character of the Father and JESUS became your and my righteousness.

Justice requires that consequences for doing wrong are paid for. Many people find it offensive that JESUS (GOD) died on a cross. JESUS was however fulfilling various ancient prophecies (see above) found in parts of the Bible written way before JESUS lived in Israel. It is clear to me  JESUS crucifixion was not an accident He had come to take the consequences of our failures- Death!

Fair, not FAIR that Jesus was crucified, He was an innocent "lamb to the slaughter". However JESUS fully satisfied all creation that the price of Justice had been paid GOD raised JESUS from the dead. This is an extraordinary story but it has not ended, because JESUS will literally return.

JESUS death was for everybody so that "my Spirit" see quote above can be poured out to you and me. The message is not elitist, everybody means all cultures, all religons and none.

Heaven is where everybody does right just fair, and no body remembers our failings - especially God! Jesus has promised a new heaven and a new earth where He is our righteousness justice and fairness. For now Jesus has told us to pray "thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" It is totally logical that if you have a childrens nursery you would not welcome a practicing paedofile to join you. It is equally logical that anybody aware of what Jesus has done and choosing to walk away from His Spirit and His offer to be our righteousness will therefore have to personally carry the consequences of not living right just and fair, including exclusion from the presence of God. The quotation in proverbs "I will pour out my spirit on you;"  is followed by 

"Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;and you neglected all my counsel and did not want my reproof;I will also laugh at your calamity;I will mock when your dread comes,When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind,When distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me and I will not answer;They will seek me diligently but they will not find me, Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord."

I confess when I received the motto all those years ago I had no idea of the depth of meaning, I am still learning.I encourage you read the book of proverbs and the wider  Bible for yourself, I am happy to try to answer any questions if I can- and if I do not know the answer I will tell you!

 

David Jebb