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"Isaiah: Social Justice Warrior"

November 29, 2020 - Matt Herndon

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Introduction


This Thanksgiving...


a. 50 million Americans (including 17 million children) do not have food security.

b. 567,715 Americans are homeless.

c. 400,000 children are in foster care.

d. 40 million Americans who want to work remain unemployed. 


Isaiah for Today pt. 3 - The Lord Is...Righteous and Just

What are Righteousness and Justice?

  1. “The Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice; and the holy God will show himself holy by his righteousness” (5:16).
  2. “With righteousness he will judge the needy; with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth” (11:4).
  3. “The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness” (33:5).
  4. Justice = mishpat / righteousness = tzedakah
  5. Mishpat = a condition in which people are given what is rightfully theirs—either punishment or protection.
  6. Tzedakah = A condition in which people live in right relationship to others through generosity and fairness.
  7. Tzedakah (primary justice) vs. Mishpat (rectifying justice)
  8. “I have chosen you to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about what he has promised” (Gen. 18).
  9. “There should be no poor among you” (Deut. 15:4).
  10. “He looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress” (Is. 5:7).
  11. “See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her—but now murderers!” (Is. 1:21).
  12. “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation…I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line” (28:16-17).
  13. “In love a throne will be established, in faithfulness a man will sit on it—one from the house of David—one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness” (16:5).
  14. “The king will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness, forever” (9:7).
  15. “See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice” (32:1).


What do we do?


  1. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Maintain justice, and do what is right; for my salvation is close at hand” (56:1).
  2. “Tzedakah and Mishpat” = social justice
  3. What is Christian social justice? And what is it not?
  4. #1: Research social justice
  5. Pics – Generous Justice and Let Justice Roll Down
  6. “Learn to do right!” (Is. 1:17)
  7. #2: Pray for social justice
  8. “Our Father in heaven, holy is your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:9-10).
  9. #3: Vote for social justice
  10. #4: Practice social justice
  11. “Maintain justice, and do what is right” (Is. 56:1).
  12. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27).
  13. The Quartet of the Vulnerable: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor” (Zech. 7:9-10).
  14. #5: Model social justice
  15. “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales, and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need” (Acts 4:32-35).
  16. “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10).
  17. “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them” (Acts 4:33-34).
  18. “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Maintain justice, and do what is right; for my salvation is close at hand” (56:1).