03 January: Balancing Justice

Today’s chapter documents the first murder on record and the first justice system seems to be firmly founded on mercy and grace…

READ GENESIS 4  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

The Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive, shows how easily our legal system can be unjust. With so many  going wrong in the world, one could be left wondering how the Creator God could balance justice with mercy. But, following on from yesterday’s Breadcrumb – where the Lord of Life made the first kill when He sacrificed an animal in order to clothe humanity with mercy and grace[a] – today’s chapter, shows the Creator God protecting a murderer. [v13-15]

When the Creator balances justice, He isn’t playing the role of an impersonal Judge with no personal connections with those involved at the time. Quite the contrary, He’s intimately connected with those on His stage. The story behind the story at every point from the very beginning, has only ever been about balancing justice and consequences with His mercy and grace.

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Praise the Lord, my soul! With all my inmost being, I’ll praise His holy name. [Psalm 103:1]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Issues you know of around the World[b]
  • Your Country’s response to world hunger
  • Yourself: Faithfulness in sharing the message of Christ
  • Your concerns for today
Father, help me not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, may I present my requests to God. [Philippians 4:6]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord help me to remember that a fool’s mouth lashes out with pride, but the lips of the wise protect them. [Proverbs 14:3]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

Thank-you Lord that we don’t have to be afraid. We can stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will bring today. [Exodus 14:13]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator God’s Salvation Plan

“God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” [2 Corinthians 5:21]

[a] Genesis 3:21-24

[b] Use the news to pray for victims of accidents

Posted in Balancing Justice With Mercy, Choice, Creator God, Daily Breadcrumbs, First Animal Sacrfice, Protection for a Murderer, The First Murder

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