The way of the Lord is not just?

Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? (Ezekiel 18:25,29).

The people of Israel accused God of not being fair. God turned it around on them. It was their ways that were not fair. Just read Ezekiel 34 to see how the Jewish leadership was treating people. That was injustice to put it mildly. God is always just.

Look in Ezekiel 18 to see the “just” nature of God. God doesn’t want anyone to die in his sins. He wants the wicked to repent and turn from his wickedness. God wants the righteous person to stay on the right path.

Here are six examples in Ezekiel 18 to show that God is just.

  1. If a man lives by God’s word and is a righteous person, he will live (Ezekiel 18:5-9).
  2. If a righteous man raises a wicked son, the wicked son doesn’t get extra credit points for being a righteous man’s son. He will be punished by God for his wickedness, even if his daddy was godly (Ezekiel 18:10-13).
  3. If a wicked man raises a righteous son, the righteous son is not going to be held accountable to God for the sins of his wicked father (Ezekiel 18:14-20).
  4. If a wicked man turns from his wickedness and chooses a godly path, God will save him and he will live (Ezekiel 18:21-23,27-29).
  5. If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and decides to live a wicked life, God will judge him for his wickedness (Ezekiel 18:24-26).
  6. God will judge everyone according to his ways and deeds – That is fair and just (Ezekiel 18:30).

Think about this! How much more “fair” can you get? You are judged by your own deeds. It is not a rigged system that exists in so many places, like politics and business. God doesn’t judge you by other’s deeds and words, He judges you by your own. If your parents are evil, you don’t lose your relationship with God. If your parents are righteous, you don’t get to ride into heaven on their coattails. God is fair – He judges you by what you say and do and how you respond to His word. It’s not anymore complicated than that.

Moses Had God’s Heart

When I read in Exodus 2 about the early life of Moses, what I see is that Moses saw the suffering of mankind and the injustices that others were facing and he stood up and intervened. His heart was in the right place, even though he went about the wrong way.

In Exodus 2, we see the 40 year old Moses standing up for a fellow Hebrew who was being beaten. Then Moses tries to intervene and stop a fight between two of his brethren. He clearly saw that one was “in the wrong,” and was trying to stop it. After Moses fled to Midian, he saw women being mistreated at a well, and stood up to defend them.

Moses had God’s heart. Look at the last part of Exodus 2. God saw the suffering and injustice happening to His people, and He intervened. Guess whom He sent? Moses! The guy who had the same heart for the suffering.

Moses was misguided, impulsive, and maybe even a little arrogant in how he approached his intervention in human suffering. But God trained Moses for 40 years in Midian, and Moses became the most humble (meek) man on the planet. But that heart was still there. Moses, like God, cared about the suffering and injustice of humanity and would stand in the gap to defend and project the helpless.

What about you and me? Do we have the heart of Moses? Are we protectors and defenders? Do we, like God, care about the hurting people around us and intervene in some way to alleviate their suffering?