Mishpat, what’s that?

The Lord has told you what is good and this is what He requires of you: To do justice, to love mercy,  and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

The Hebrew word used for “justice” in the original text is “mishpat.”  It means treating people in a way that reflects the character of God, encompassing His love and righteousness. So what does doing justice mean in 21st century western culture? Is is fairness? Does it mean paying people what they have earned or dividing resources equally? Does it involve fighting for the rights of the needy, oppressed, or  underrepresented? Is justice assessing other people according their behavior and character based on our value systems? Does it mean “eye for an eye” justice or should the redemptive  work of Christ affect how we interpret “mishpat?” There are lots of layers to the idea and different ways to focus on the concept. I liked this guy’s take, but there are many aspects to “doing  justice” as we live our lives with God.

Lord, help me to respond to others with the mishpat of Christ.