Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
 
The title of this quarter’s study is “Justice, Law, History”
 
The study this quarter focuses on justice as presented in a variety of Old Testament Scriptures. Justice originates in the nature of God and is given to His people as a gift under the Law. The history of God’s covenant people shows that kings who exercised God’s justice according to God’s law were considered good kings. Over time, adverse circumstances caused God’s people to raise questions about God’s justice.
 
Unit 1, “God’s Requires Justice,” has four lessons that explore how leaders of God’s people must rely on His Law as they administer justice. The book of Deuteronomy demands that God’s people be just and equitable. In the book of 2 Samuel, King David demonstrates justice by showing kindness to Mephibosheth. Isaiah describes a reign of justice and righteousness. In the book of 1 Kings, the queen of Sheba recognizes Solomon as a king who “executes justice and righteousness.” Through the prophet Naham, God metes out justice to Judah’s enemies.
 
Unit II, “God: The Source of Justice,” has five lessons that focus on God’s justice in the lives of His people and in the gift of the Law. Stories in the book of Genesis reveal God’s justice in the face of human injustice. Included are stories of Cain’s murder of his brother Abel, as well as Hagar and Ishmael’s being cast out of Abraham’s household. In the book of Exodus, justice is demanded for all people, including one’s enemies. In Deuteronomy is also demanded justice for marginalized people.
 
Unit III, “Justice and Adversity,” has four lessons that deal with situations in which justice seems absent. In 2 Samuel, Nathan condemns David for his acts of injustice toward Uriah the Hittite, Bathesheba’s husband. In the book of Ezra, after years of exile in Babylon, Ezra returns to Jerusalem and determines to restore respect for God’s law. Lesson 12 tells the story of Job’s faithfulness to God after several tragic events occur in his life. The Scriptures in the book of Job question the presence of God’s justice in light of Job’s great suffering.
Unit 1: God Requires Justice
 
December 5, 2021
The Protection of Justice

Deuteronomy 5:1b-3; 10:12-13; 27:1-10

December 12, 2021
The Mercy of Justice
2 Samuel 9:1-7, 9-12 

December 19, 2021
The Source of Justice
Isaiah 9:2-7
 
December 26, 2021
The Consequences of Justice
Nahum 1:1-3, 6-8, 12-13, 15
Unit II:  God: The Source of Justice
 
January 2, 2022
Undeserved Mercy
Genesis 4:1-13
January 9, 2022
Improbable Hope

Genesis 21:8-20

January 16, 2022Unbiased Actions
Exodus 23:1-12

January 23, 2022
Incorruptible Leaders
Deuteronomy 16:28-20; 17:8-13

January 30, 2022
Countercultural Compassion
Deuteronomy 24:10-21
Unit III: Justice and Adversity
 
February 6, 2022
Speaking Truth to Power
2 Samuel 12:1-9, 13-15

February 13, 2022
Restoring Law and Order

Ezra 7:1-10, 23-26

February 20, 2022
Enduring False Charges

Job 8:1-10, 20-22

February 27, 2022
Hope for Justice
Job 42;1-6, 10-17