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Summary: To show that justice and righteousness goes together to judge the wicked and protect the righteous.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Who are you really serving?

GOD. Acts 5:29

Acts 5:29

Then Peter and the apostles replied, We must obey God rather than men.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that justice and righteousness goes together to judge the wicked and protect the righteous.

IV. TEXT:

Habakkuk 1:4

Therefore the law is slackened and justice and a righteous sentence never go forth, for the [hostility of the] wicked surrounds the [uncompromisingly] righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for all the revelations You've given to me that justice, righteousness will always go together and without the other it will all be chaos and perversion. Only You Oh, GOD ALMIGHTY, ministers justice to your people in righteousness.

2 Samuel 8:15

So David reigned over all Israel, and executed justice and righteousness for all his people.

Psalms 9:8

And He will judge the world in righteousness (rightness and equity); He will minister justice to the peoples in uprightness.

VI. TITLE:

Why justice is perverted in the Philippines?

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Uncertain probably Habakkuk

B. Date written: Uncertain probably (609 B.C.-597 B.C.)—Thompson Chain - Topics

C. Purpose: To remind the prophet himself and his listeners that the God of Israel is the true God, the one in control of everything and every event. He can be trusted, even in the face of the mysterious circumstances of life, which often appear to contradict his sovereign control.

D. To Whom Written: Judah, and God's people of all times who may be asking the "difficult" questions of life.

E. Main Theme: The mysteries of providence.

F. Key Word: Faith (Habakkuk 2:4).

—Thompson Chain - Topics

Habakkuk 2:4

Look at the proud; his soul is not straight or right within him, but the [rigidly] just and the [uncompromisingly] righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. The law is slackened/sluggish. Righteousness and justice never go forth

"Therefore the law is slackened and justice and a righteous sentence never go forth,"

Law or "torah torah" in Hebrew meaning:

1. precept or statute

2. Decalogue or Pentateuch - law

Law symbolizes any country law and in this case, it's the Philippine law we're talking about.

Judgement or "mishpat" in Hebrew meaning:

1. verdict or sentence

2. sentence or formal decree

3. divine law

4. order, ordinance, right, sentence, judgement

Divine Law always brings judgement. The innocent are freed and the guilty are punished.

The innocent are clear of great transgression. Therefore innocent are not to be punished.

Psalms 19:13

Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression.

Proverbs 6:29

So he who cohabits with his neighbor’s wife [will be tortured with evil consequences and just retribution]; he who touches her shall not be innocent or go unpunished.

But if you make it opposite, you are guilty of bringing judgement to the innocent and protecting the guilty.


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