Justice – Study Guide

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Personal Reflection

Encountering Injustice

  • How do you feel when you encounter injustice?
  • Can you think of times when you’ve been treated unfairly?
  • Can you think of times when things have been taken from you without your permission?
  • How did you feel?  How do you feel when you hear of other people experiencing the same?
  • Does it make a difference to you that God cares?

Justice at work

  • Do you treat people fairly at work?
  • Is there ever any pressure to misrepresent the benefits of your products?
  • Do you work harder while your boss is looking than when they’re away?
  •  If you employ people, do you pay them what their work is worth, or do you pay them as little as you can?

Working in justice

  • Do you work in the law?  Are you a politician, or a lawyer, or a judge, or a police officer, or a prison officer?
  • Is the law about power and control for you, or is it about justice?  Do you love justice?  Do you hate injustice?  If you had the opportunity to get away with acting unfairly, would you?
  • Have you ever studied the law that God gave to Israel through Moses?  Spend some time doing that.  Look for the different things that the law protects, and especially how it protects the weak from being exploited or oppressed.  What does it mean for you to be responsible for protecting people?
  • What injustice do you encounter through your work?  How can you make a difference in those situations?  Where do you see similar situations in the Bible?  How did God respond to those situations?  How did God expect people to be responsible for dealing with those situations?  What can you learn from that?

Facing personal injustice

  • What does it feel like when you experience injustice?
  • How are you tempted to respond?
  • Think about the example of Jesus – how can you uphold the law, and yet show mercy?
  • What would this cost you?

 

Bible Study

Read Genesis 4.

  • Do you have a brother or a sister?
  • How do you feel when you read about Cain killing his brother, Abel?
  • How do you think God felt?
  • How do you feel when you read of God protecting Cain?
  • Why do you think He did this?

You can read about Joseph in Genesis 37-50.

  • What injustice did Joseph experience – what was taken from him without his consent?
  • How did Joseph respond to that?
  • What’s your response as you read about that?
  • How did that affect his relationship with his family?

Read the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 – what is each one protecting?

  • Can you think of examples from the Bible when those things weren’t protected?
  • Are there examples from your life when those things weren’t protected?
  • What does it mean to you that God cares about those things?

Read Exodus 23:1-9.

  • What things are being protected by those laws?
  • Can you think of examples from the Bible when those things weren’t protected?
  • Are there examples from your life when those things weren’t protected?
  • What does it mean to you that God cares about those things?

Read the story of Daniel’s life, especially Daniel 1-6.

  • What injustice did Daniel face?
  • How did he respond?
  • How did God respond?

Read one of the gospels.

  • What injustice was common in first century Palestine?
  • How was Jesus treated unfairly?
  • As you read about that, how does it make you feel?
  • How did Jesus respond?  What difference did his response make?

 

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