"公义和公平，是你宝座的根基。慈爱和诚实，行在你前面" (Ps 89:14)。当然，我们不应该用我们自己的方式报复，但我们需要有确据，有一天神将伸张正义。正如耶稣在登山宝训中的教导，我们应该爱，甚至爱我们的敌人，因为“慈爱和诚实，行在你前面”。但由于公义是他宝座的根基，神的正义终有一天会伸张，这样的确据也应该是我们信心的根基。
Genesis 42 [Read]
Genesis 43 [Read]
Matthew 13:33-58 [Read]
Should Christians always expect to witness justice being served in our life time? God tells us repeatedly in the Bible that He will repay, and we often take it as the promise for the end. And in this life, our responsibility is simply to love one another. However, I do believe that God has demonstrated in the Bible, especially in the OT, that sometimes justice will be served in our life time. And in all cases, His way of serving justice always brings up awe and reverence in me. Our God is indeed an awesome God!
Gen 42-43 is such an example. God gave Joseph two dreams when he was young (Gen 37). Being a God-fearing naive young man, Joseph told his dreams to his family. That stirred up a lot of anger, and the sinful nature of his brothers simply got out of hand. He was tortured and sent to Egypt. Case closed and they thought they would never see Joseph again. In fact, Joseph himself probably had little hope to ever go back home again. Though God saved him through interpreting the two dreams of Pharaoh, and God helped him forget his suffering (Gen 41:51), he probably had no idea what would happen next.
But God already had a plan (41:25), and today's passage gradually revealed this plan. Besides making the two dreams come true by his brothers kneeling to Joseph, God also repaid the injustice done by his brothers. It's been at least 20 years since Joseph was sold to Egypt, but according to 42:21-22, they had never one day escaped the guilt in their heart throughout those years. Joseph might have suffered physically, but his brothers suffered mentally for what they did. Instead of questioning the way Joseph deceiving his brothers in the process, I saw him as being used by God to serve justice in this case.
"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you." (Ps 89:14). We certainly should not repay in our own way, but we need to have the firm assurance that justice will be served by God one day. As Jesus taught in the Sermon of the Mount (Matt 5), we should love even our enemies because "love and honesty should walk before us". But since justice is the foundation of his throne, the assurance of God's justice being served one day should also be the foundation of our faith.
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