(08-01-27) Justice - Isaiah 1.10-20

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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…
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