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The Justice of God

The Justice of God

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BY GEORGE BURDER

Deuteronomy xxxii: 4. Just and right is he.
BY GEORGE BURDER

Deuteronomy xxxii: 4. Just and right is he.

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THE JUSTICE OF GOD BY GEORGE BURDER Deuteronomy xxxii: 4. Just and right is he. JUSTICE, among men, is giving to every one his due ; and the importance of doing so, is acknow-ledged by every honest man. It is easy to see that there could be no safety nor happiness in society, if  justice were not regarded. If there are any persons who do not approve of the administration of justice, it is probable that they themselves are unjust. The character of a judge may not be very amiable in the eyes of a criminal prisoner, and he may not look for-ward to the approaching assizes with any degree of pleasure ; he would perhaps be willing to dispense with the v/hole system of justice in our laws, because he is exposed to the punishment which those laws require ; but honest and virtuous men highly ap-prove of the execucion of justice. They regulate all their affairs, in their dealings with men, by a regard to justice ; and they wish to be treated in the same manner by their neighbours. This general regard to justice, this tribute of mankind to its excellence,
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leads us naturally to conclude that i: must have the sanction of divine authority, and that it C3ust be a perfection of the divine nature ; and we couki as easily conceive of a God without power, or a God without goodness, as of a God without justice. We are not left, however, to the mere conjectures or VOL. III. F 50 SERMON LXX. conclusions of reason ; we have the fullest authority from God's own word, to assure us that he is per-fectly j«st. The assertion is made in the text, which is taken from the song of Moses ; not that which was sung immediately after the passage of Israel through the Red Sea, but that which he uttered just before his death, and solemnly delivered to the peo-ple. He begins the sacred ode by ascribing glory to God ; first, the glory of his greatness ; and here, the glory of his justice and righteousness. By the justice of God, we understand that univer-
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sal rectitude of his nature, whereby, in his govern-ment of the world, he does all things with perfect righteousness, giving to every one his due. 1. We are to consider God, not only as the Maker and Preserver of men, but as their Goveriior also. He who made man, and furnished him with all his wonderful powers, has an undoubted right to pre-scribe laws for his conduct, and to enforce the laws which he prescribes by sufficient sanctions, by re-wards and punishments, as in his infinite wisdom he sees fit ; and in so doing, he consults the good of his creatures, as well as his own glory ; for as the peace and order of society cannot be maintained wiihout human laws properly enforced, so we cannot con-ceive of the preservation of the divine government, without laws worthy of a wise, holy, and just God. This right seems to have been exercised towards Adam at his creation. Besides the moral law, the substance of which is love to God and man, and which was written on his heart, a positive law was given to him, as the test of his obedience. One par-ticular tree, though as pleasant to the eyes and as
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