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THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Seeking Righteousness and Justice

Scripture: Genesis 18-19, Psalms 10, Matthew 5:27-37


In these passages, we encounter themes of righteousness, justice, and the consequences of sin. From the hospitality of Abraham to the judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah, from the cry of the oppressed in Psalms to Jesus' teachings on purity and integrity, we are invited to reflect on our own commitment to righteousness and justice in our lives.


Reading:

- Genesis 18-19: The story of Abraham's encounter with the Lord and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.


- Psalms 10: A psalm of lament and plea for justice in the face of oppression.


- Matthew 5:27-37: Jesus' teachings on adultery, divorce, and integrity.


Reflection:

- How does Abraham's hospitality and intercession for Sodom and Gomorrah demonstrate a commitment to righteousness and justice?


- In what ways do you see the cry for justice echoed in Psalms 10, and how does it resonate with issues of injustice in our world today?


- Reflect on Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5:27-37. How do they challenge our understanding of righteousness and integrity, particularly in the areas of lust, honesty, and commitment?


Guided Bible Study:


1. Observation:

   - What stands out to you in each of these passages? Are there any recurring themes or motifs?


   - How do the characters in Genesis 18-19 respond to the presence of God and the impending judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah?


   - In Psalms 10, what emotions does the psalmist express, and what injustices are they lamenting?


   - What specific teachings does Jesus offer in Matthew 5:27-37 regarding purity, honesty, and integrity?


2. Interpretation:

   - Consider the cultural context of each passage. How might the original audience have understood and responded to these teachings and events?


   - What do these passages reveal about God's character, particularly in relation to righteousness, justice, and mercy?


   - Reflect on the consequences of sin and the importance of repentance and obedience in light of the narratives in Genesis and the teachings of Jesus.


3. Application:

   - How can we emulate Abraham's hospitality and intercession in our lives, particularly in advocating for justice and mercy?


   - In what ways can we respond to the cry for justice expressed in Psalms 10, both individually and collectively?

   - Reflect on Jesus' teachings in Matthew 5:27-37. How can we cultivate purity of heart, integrity in our relationships, and honesty in our words and actions?


Prayer:

- Pray for a heart that seeks righteousness and justice, following the examples of Abraham, the psalmist, and Jesus.


- Ask God for the strength and wisdom to confront injustice, uphold integrity, and live with purity and honesty in every aspect of your life.


Conclusion:

May these passages inspire us to seek righteousness and justice in our world, following the example of Christ and trusting in God's mercy and grace. As we reflect on these teachings, may we be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to live lives that honor God and bless others. Amen.


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