Today you should read: Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Justice and Righteousness. Two common themes that you’ll see throughout Scripture that doesn’t exactly work without the other. You see both of these themes in the Scripture we read today as Moses talks about circumcision of the heart which stand for the righteousness we receive only through the upcoming Messiah Savior. We cannot become righteous off our own good deeds but instead Jesus’ righteousness is imputed on us through the Cross. This is why circumcision was so special in the O.T. because it was God separating who was righteous and who was not. It was a physical sign to show that He loves us and chose us “above all peoples” as he mentions in v. 15. Most talk of circumcision in the O.T. is of the physical kind but Moses foreshadows what the apostle Paul writes about circumcision of the heart through Jesus.
“28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.” –Romans 2:28-29
As we Moses stresses the spiritual instead of the physical nature of righteousness in circumcision here, he does the opposite in v. 18 as he highlights our Heavenly Father’s concern for the physical justice of others.
“18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” –Deut. 10:18-19
This is why Christians should pursue both justice and righteousness in the spiritual and physical nature. I’m reminded of the whole WorldVision fiasco where it seemed like all of a sudden Christians felt like they needed to pick sides between the physical and spiritual when God clearly calls for both. Action follows our faith and that includes caring for the poor, being a father to the fatherless, helping out widows in need. We care for the soul along with the body that inhabits that soul. So this month as we focus on the physical needs of others as a church and dedicate 2,000 hours of service toward our community, be reminded that God call us to do this for justice sake. However, we need to continue to dedicate just as much time to righteousness by sharing the Gospel, the only thing that makes us righteous before God’s eyes.
Posted by:Erik Koliser