on justice

Written by Andrew Breitenberg : October 6, 2008


the scroll of the prophet was handed to me

release the oppressed
shout favor found in God
today the scripture of the Lord is fulfilled

i wore justice like a turban
i am eyes for the blind and feet for the lame
father to the poor

you have heard the cry of the humble O my God
we will rescue the weak from the fist of the strong
we will see a might river of justice
and the poor at last with hope

there is abundance in the fields of the destitute
but it is swept away by injustice

legislate evil
make laws that make victims
do violence to the refugee orphan
and this palace will become a ruin

you who lie down beside every altar
you who give to the poor
you who defend the oppressed
you will lack nothing
you will know me

do what is right
rescue justice

do what is right
open your hands

do what is right
and healing shall spring up
you shall call and I will answer
your light shall rise in the darkness
and your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt
and rise up on the foundation of many generations
righteousness flowering
peace until the moon fades to nothing

Author Bio: Andrew Breitenberg is on mission in South Africa writing a voice for the voiceless.
He just got engaged to Mariah and has found in her a new home! For a closer look at his work in Africa email breitenberg [at] for his field reports.

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    This is a powerful piece, brother. God bless you in your work.
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    Wow, fabulous writing! Thank you for sharing this. Your passion really comes though in your words. Our generation needs more poetic/prophetic voices like yours.

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    thought I'd note that much of it comes from a whole mess of scripture on justice found in Peterson's Message.

    Deuteronomy 15, 24
    Job 5, 29, 30
    Psalm 10, 37, 41, 68, 72, 74, 94, 112, 113, 146
    Proverbs 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 28, 29, 31
    Isaiah 1, 3, 10, 16, 32, 58
    Jeremiah 22
    Ezekiel 16, 22
    Amos 2, 4, 5, 8
    Micah 2, 6
    Zechariah 7
    Matthew 25
    Mark 7, 11
    Luke 4, 7
    John 4
    Acts 6
    Galatians 2
    James 1, 2
    1 John 3
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    Brother Andrew,

    This is awesome and really opens my eyes to our role in the kingdom work. I appreciate your ability to use language to bring Jesus in us to life. Really good stuff.


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