I wanted to zero in on 22:16, “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” But Carly did a good job with that one last time so I’ll let that speak for itself. However, I will go more into the lead in.
The LORD outlines their destruction (plague, sword, famine, capture) and even uses the phrase I am against you, Jerusalem at one point in chapter 21 (v13).
Interjected more than once is this charge:
“Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed.” (21:12)
“Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” (22:3)
He even goes so far to say that He will call off the destruction if only they will make this change, but alas, there’s a call for woe.
“Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his countrymen work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.” (22:13)
He makes the point that you can be just, generous, fair and still have a nice house. Just look at your father Josiah!
I don’t know why people get it in their heads that you have to be greedy in order to gain wealth. Look at companies like Dutch Bros or Trader Joe’s. They treat their employees very well and are some of the more successful in the US (operating in the black), weathering bad economies and expanding when others have had to close doors. The way we build our lives and conduct our business is very important.
What are you building? A business? A family? A legacy? What is it built on? How can you administer justice and do what is right in your sphere of influence?