For this week’s study, please read the following Scriptures:
John 18:4-8; Matt. 21:12-13; John 10:11-18 and Matt. 23:8-12
A Christian is identifiable as a Christian, in part, by their character; and character is to a great degree shaped by how we answer two questions:
- How do you use the power committed unto you?
- How do you respond to injustices, both personal and general?
In our last two studies, we discussed the subject of judgment; and we know that a Day is coming when everyone will be judged for how they lived and the character they developed. Bearing these things in mind, what do the above Scriptures have to teach us about a Christian’s use of power and how we are to respond to injustice?
Some additional questions:
1. Was the arrest of Jesus an example of justice? What caused all those who were gathered together to arrest Jesus to draw back and fall to the ground? (John 18:6) What does the answer to that question imply about the reality of the situation?
2. As it applies to power and its use, what is different between the Lord’s example from John 18:4-8, and his behavior in Matt 21:12-13?
3. Putting all these Scriptures together, is a Christian expected to use power differently when responding to personal injustices versus those which broadly impact others?
4. From an eternal perspective, why is this an important topic?
May the Spirit of God guide and direct you in your study.
Tho’ the righteous shed it oft too soon,
Their mortal tent is just cocoon
Which in life they toil to spin
To emerge forever free from sin;
The silken faith from which it’s framed
Will reveal the glory at which they aimed.
Changed in the twinkling of an eye,
A Voice will call them to the sky
And from heaven the cry will ring —
“Where, O death, is now your sting?”