Shalom, this morning we are taking a detour from Genesis and our message will be on faith. And our study verse is Habakkuk 2.4.
I thought that in these days during The Great Recession which looks more like a great depression, with the loss of jobs, high unemployment, waves of foreclosures, incomes shrinking, earthquakes, fires, floods, wars, rumors of wars, terrorism, sickness, anger, fear and fake peace treaties, I thought a study from The LORD GOD on faith would be appropriate and timely for this morning’s message. And the Prophet Habakkuk gives us the best counsel. The just shall live by his faith.
HABAKKUK 2.4 BEHOLD – see
HIS SOUL – his spirit within him is puffed up and proud and not upright.
UPRIGHT – Not right, not good, not pleasing to GOD.
“but the just shall live by his faith”
The people who are the just are those who serve GOD and obey Him, and the people who are the just are those whom GOD blesses.
JUST – Righteous, lawful, obedient to The Laws of GOD, The Law of Moses
The just shall live by his faith.
FAITH – firmness, i.e. fixed on The LORD, sturdy, not shaking or trembling. Unwaivering trust and confidence in GOD.
Faith is firm confidence and trust in The LORD GOD Who protects us, keeps us safe and defends us, and always delivers us from trouble, always.
So, out of curiosity, who are some of the just in The Bible, keeping in mind that the just are those who live their lives according to GOD’s Laws, The Law of Moses?
Yeshua, of course, is just. Acts 22.12-15
Simeon was just. Luke 2.25-28
JUST in Greek – dik-ah-yos – just, righteous, meaning law-abiding, obedient to The Laws of GOD which are The Law of Moses.
Joseph of Arimathaea was just. Luke 23.50-53
Joseph, Miriam’s Husband, was a just man. Matthew 1.18-19
Cornelius, a non-Jewish person, a Roman centurion, was a just man. Acts 10.22
Lot was just. 2 Peter 2.7
Noah was just Genesis 6.9
The LORD GOD Almighty is just. Revelation 15.3
The just will be resurrected to eternal life in Heaven. Acts 24.14-15, Luke 14.14
Elders and Pastors must be just, obedient to the Law of Moses. Titus 1.7-8
The spirits of the just are made perfect in Heaven. Hebrews 12.23
Being just is obeying The Law of Moses which includes believing in Yeshua The Messiah. John 1.45
These are just some of the just in The Bible.
So, the family of GOD is just and righteous. They live their lives in obedience to GOD’s Laws and Commandments. And the just are those who are blessed with eternal life with The Just One, The One Who is just and true, The LORD GOD Almighty, The King of The Saints.
And GOD’s counsel to the just is to live their lives by faith, having strong confidence in GOD and Messiah, trusting in Him for everything, relying on Him in times of trouble for deliverance. Listen to GOD’s promises to the just, and believe when He says, fear not, don’t worry. Because when your mind is steadfast on The LORD your GOD, you will have perfect peace.
So, here are some of GOD’s promises to the just.
Proverbs 12.21 There shall no evil happen to the just.
Deuteronomy 16.20 Here is how the just are to live their lives. According to GOD’s Laws, His Law of Moses and all His Commandments.
Proverbs 3.33 GOD blesses the home of the just.
Proverbs 4.18 The way of the just is as a shining light.
Proverbs 10.6-7 Blessings are upon the head of the just, and the memory of the just is blessed.
Proverbs 10.20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver.
Proverbs 10.31 The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom.
Proverbs 11.9 Through the knowledge of GOD, the just will be delivered.
Proverbs 12.13 And the just will come out of trouble.
Get the picture? These are GOD’s promises to the just, the righteous, those who obey the Commandments of GOD, His Law of Moses.
-GOD delivers and saves the just.
-GOD blesses the house of the just.
-The way of the just is as a shining light.
-Blessings are upon the head of the just.
-The memory of the just is blessed.
-The tongue of the just is as chosen silver.
-The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom.
-Through the knowledge of GOD, the just are delivered.
-No evil will happen to the just.
-And remember this. The just will always be delivered from their troubles.
GOD does the impossible. Luke 8.40-56
2 Chronicles 20.3-30
The The LORD GOD says to us, “In quietness and confidence, in trust and faith shall be your strength, your victory.”
Confidence – Veet Khah – Trust and faith.
Strength – Geh voo rah – Victory
We can have greater peace in our lives when we have faith in the Lord God and trust in Him; Because He will always deliver us from troubles, always.
So, the just shall live by faith. Always remember that. You can have peace and quiet in your life because of your faith, or you can choose to worry for lack of faith. But GOD will always deliver the just from his or her troubles, and GOD will never allow evil to come into the house of the just, because you follow that which is right according to The Laws and Commandments of GOD. Those are the blessings of the just.