We see approaches to justice. On the one hand we see a woman who seeks justice. Then we see Jesus engage with those who believe they are righteous. What is the connection between a person wanting justice and a person’s righteousness?
It all revolves around the understanding that God brings justice– for us and on us.
On the one hand, Jesus wants the people to know how just God is. He creates a parable of a judge who does not care about anything, and will not be swayed. He gives into a woman because of her persistence. If an uncaring man will give justice, how much more will God give justice when we ask for it.
But it is not just about justice for us. As God brings justice on others, God will also bring justice on us. Do I have anything to fear from God’s justice? This is the second parable. The first man believed he had nothing to fear from God’s justice. The second man felt the weight of his actions and did not believe he would get justice, but asked for mercy anyway.
We all want justice for the wrongs we see in the world and for those done to us. We may feel like God can do anything, or that God will not do anything. We therefore take actions into our own hands and seek justice on our terms and our ways.
On the second situation, many will believe that they have lived a good life and therefore have nothing to fear from God who is loving, fair and forgiving. It is not about who God is, but about how we see our lives and actions. We need to see that life is measured by God’s idea of righteousness not ours. If we think God does not care about our failure to love God and our neighbour or that God understands, we are wrong. God understands whether we care about our failures and want to change. God forgives those who seek to become what God has created. Just because we are happy with our efforts does not mean God is happy. We may be good people, but are we godly people?
True justice comes from God and it touches everybody. The issue is how we engage with God’s justice.