Historical Book Justice

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Throughout much of the historical writings of the Bible, ranging from the book of Joshua to the book of Esther, the central narrations depict the formation of kingship that leads Israel. This can be further broken into three sections. First being the Theocracy, covering the period when Israel was ruled by God. Second, is the Monarchy which traces Israel Kings from the good to the bad leading to the nation’s destruction. Third, is the restoration describing Israel’s remnant after the seventy years of captivity. For the sake of limitation, an example from each section will be analyzed. In the historical books justice is prevalent because it is an ideal that closely associates with government or an avenue in which justice is easily issued. In…show more content…
The last decree that Joshua composed in his life is one that is proportionate to the justice that God commands (Josh. 24:25). Joshua reinstates the post-Exodus way of life to help in God’s work of salvation and gives it to his people (Hamlin 1983:203). However, citizens slowly began to slip into their past way of living in a manner of unjustly living because of the lack of leadership (Judg. 17:6, 18:1, 19:1). In the text the words “everyone did as he saw fit” is used. God calls his people to a strict code which is opposite of their lifestyles. In this instance, “God’s people are in their most hypocritical state, driven by selfishness” (Younger 2002:351). As mentioned above, selflessness through love is the essence of justice and Israel’s character is not in a manner of…show more content…
As noted in previous sections, the state of the world was far from shalom and God was on a mission to restore this. However, it also seemed Israel was not going to be the source of redemption as they only held the desire to be like the nations, lacking a manner of justice. Yet, in this last category one can note of the beginning process of restoration until the time of Jesus. In this section, there is one important verse to pay attention to. In Ezra 10:14 the idea of justice is reinstated but not in a way that is simply justice put into action, but in the intent to regather the people of God; to bring all back into a community of love. This is one step closer to restoring shalom. The verse prior to this example is key in understanding this (Ez. 10:9-14). Ezra the priest is calling the people of Israel to rid of their sin and draw back into a state that is founded in God’s will (justice acted in love, love, generosity, and service) (Oswalt
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