Faithfulness, righteousness and justice

Today’s Reading: Judges 13:1-14:20, John 1:29-51, Psalm 102:1-28, Proverbs 14:15-16

The theme of this blog is walking with God. In the Garden of Eden, God was very intent in walking with Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of the day. That fellowship was really important to God – it was what He truly wanted from Adam and Eve, perhaps more important than anything He asked them to do.

During the month of March, I felt impressed to focus on ordinary people and how God worked in their lives and through their lives. During April, I focused on love and justice – how God is able to balance being completely just and fully loving at the same time, something that I find very challenging in all of my relationships.

For the month of May, I want to dig deeper into justice and look for the relationship of justice to righteousness and faithfulness. Yesterday I found that there are many online commentaries that address this and I may start using those later this month, but I want to base this exploration on the daily readings of the Bible itself.

It is ironic that, having selected this theme, I do not find any of these three words in the readings for today. In the story in Judges, Samson’s parents are visited by an angel of the Lord and told they must live a holy life – his mother was not to drink any alcohol and when Samson was born, he also was not to drink any alcohol, eat forbidden food, or cut his hair.

The reading from John’s gospel is about John the Baptist and Jesus calling some of His disciples. The Psalm tells of God’s glory and fame, but no explicit mention of righteousness, faithfulness or justice. I plan to stick with this theme until May 5 to see if anything emerges. If not, I will need to pray for a new theme.

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