(08-01-27) Justice - Isaiah 1.10-20
Justice as Worship – Isaiah 1:10-20
· 1:18 – the promise that epitomises our hope in Jesus
- it’s the what, not the how of salvation
- God’s desire for His creation since Genesis 3:6
· “…reason together…” – reason?!
- if it were reason we would be destroyed but this is God’s reasoning, not ours – His* love, not ours
· The wonder of forgiveness
- scarlet red to whiter than snow or wool
Miroslav Volf – Free of Charge, p.130.
· Tension in the Church between forgiveness and guilt
- “all things are permissible…” (1 Cor 10:23)
· Conviction, not guilt!
- both can motivate – one positively, one negatively
· Holding conviction and forgiveness together, in balance, we read 1:10-20
· Reassuring trait for a trainee minister:
- I’d never noticed the context of 1:18 before * compare with two passages being widely read at the moment
- Amos 5:21-24
- Micah 6:6-8
· God is calling us to rediscover the inextricable link between worship and justice
- we cannot separate the two to ignore one is to ignore the other (explain*)
- have we misunderstood the scope of worship?
· Often left feeling ‘guilty’ after sermons on justice
· Lesotho in the summer
- orphans, street children, poverty etc. * speaking to myself as much as anyone else
· Romans 8:1 – Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (niv)
- no doubt that we can be complicit in western society whatever we may have done or still be doing wrong in terms of justice is now white as snow or wool*
- and as we hear that, we hear the call to worship…
· What issues of injustice are there around the world?
· What issues of injustice are there in the UK?
· What issues of injustice are there in our communities?
· Isaiah, Amos and Micah (amongst others) present us with an opportunity to see worship in a new way
- to see issues of justice in a new context opportunities to worship through seeking justice* without condemnation and guilt
· Mission before justice?
· How do we feel about that?
- new idea? * encourage us to sit with it
- what is not of God fall away…