But let justice run down like water
And righteousness like a mighty stream
This is probably a familiar verse that highlights justice and righteousness.
The verse begins with the word ‘but.’ And if you refer the previous verses, it is amazing to know how God condemns several practices that were ritually followed by the Jewish society. He uses strong words like hate, do not savour, will not accept, nor will I regard, take away from Me and will not bear
The list of things he condemns using these words is still tragic:
- feast days
- sacred assemblies
- burnt offerings
- noise of songs
- grain offerings
- melody of stringed instruments
All these were very important to the Jews. They can be equalled to communion, worship, fasting prayer and special services in today’s churches.
God says he does not want any of these if there is no justice and righteousness with the people of God.
We serve a just and righteous God and as His children, we are to be His imitators. Unfortunately, however, even in today’s society and churches, justice and righteousness takes a backseat when compared to practice and rituals.
But, as God says, let justice run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream