The study this quarter focuses on justice as presented in Scriptures from the prophets
and in the reading for Easter Sunday, which is taken from First Corinthians. The prophets
communicated God’s will to the people. They called for repentance and justice.
UNIT 1 • God Requires Justice
This is a five-lesson study from four of the minor prophets. The prophets issue God’s call
for justice in the conduct of human affairs. Amos, Habakkuk, Micah, and Malachi convey that
the laws of God require justice for the poor and the oppressed. The last two lessons from Micah and
Malachi are a study of the responsibilities of leaders for practicing justice.
Lesson 1: March 1, 2020
Called to Accountability
Often, people ignore or disregard the plight of the disenfranchised. How will
the cause of these disadvantaged be addressed? The prophet Amos affirms
that the justice and righteousness of God always champion the poor and
Lesson 2: March 8, 2020
A Prayer for Justice
Habakkuk 1:1–4, 12–14
People wonder about the seeming prevalence of injustice. How will justice and fairness be
established for all? Habakkuk appeals to God to end wickedness and injustice.
Lesson 3: March 15, 2020
Consequences for Injustice
People seem not to suffer for their unjust actions. When will acts of the unjust be punished?
The psalmist affirms that God will reward the just, and Habakkuk declares that the unjust will
be punished for wickedness.
Lesson 4: March 22, 2019
Micah 3:1–3, 9–12, 6:6–8
Leaders often struggle with expectations of being examples of justice. How can leaders
become models of justice worthy of emulation? Micah confronts the leaders of Israel for
their failure to pursue justice and suggests that doing justice should be the basis of their lives.
Lesson 5: March 29, 2020
Malachi 2:1–9, 3:5–6
Just leaders act honorably toward constituents. How do just leaders act toward others?
Malachi admonishes the priests to turn from their wickedness, revere God, and reap a rich
harvest for promoting godly justice.
UNIT 2 • God Promises a Just Kingdom
The lessons for Palm Sunday and Easter examine the promised Messiah as the defender of
justice. In Lesson 8, Esther’s triumph is reviewed as demonstrating the prevailing of God’s
justice. For children, the unit concludes with the narrative from Solomon as an example of
God’s justice while adults study the Lord’s proclamation of the redeemed nation where justice
and righteousness are restored.
Lesson 6: April 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday)
God’s Just Servant
People seek a champion of justice. Who can and will defend and uphold the cause
of justice? In Matthew 21, Jesus upholds God’s justice in the Temple, fulfilling Isaiah 42’s
vision of the Messiah.
Lesson 7: April 12, 2020 (Easter)
1 Corinthians 15:1–8, 12–14, 20–23, 42–45
People struggle with the probability and possibility of life after death. How can resurrection
from death provide life that is different from what is experienced before death? In 1 Corinthians
and Mark, only life through the resurrection of Christ engenders hope for authentic justice.
Lesson 8: April 19, 2020
Injustice Will Be Punished
Ignoble people often seem to attain great power and wealth. What evidence is there that
people will receive the recompense their evil deeds deserve? The story of Esther’s triumph
over Haman provides assurance that evil does not prevail.
Lesson 9: April 26, 2020
The Lord Loves Justice
Isaiah 61:8–11, 62:2–4
When people feel helpless and angry, they seek help from others. What hope is there that the
conditions of the powerless will be addressed? Solomon’s wise decision confirms that
God loves justice, and Isaiah affirms that the righteous will be vindicated.
UNIT 3 • Called to God’s Work of Justice
This unit has five lessons that explore ways that people are called to participate in God’s work of
justice. Zephaniah presents both a judgment against the wickedness and injustice of Jerusalem and a
vision of restoration. Zechariah calls for a return to God’s ways of justice. In Jeremiah, God’s rigorous
standards for justice are defined and God’s people are given a choice either to repent injustices by
executing justice or to face destruction. Hosea uses early history to call the people to love and justice.
Lesson 10: May 3, 2020
A Vision of Restoration
Oppression of the poor and powerless seems pervasive in our world. Is there any hope for
reversal of this condition? The prophet Zephaniah proclaims the day of restoration when
God’s people shall be returned to righteousness, justice, and peace.
Lesson 11: May 10, 2020
Peace and Justice Reign
Zechariah 8:1–8, 11–17
Sometimes people respond to evil conditions in the world with a sense of hopelessness,
regret, and doom. Where can they find motivation for continuing? The prophet Zechariah
delivers God’s promise of a new world of peace and prosperity for God’s people.
Lesson 12: May 17, 2020
Evil is pervasive throughout human society. Can people continue to do evil without
consequence? Jeremiah tells us that God is a God of justice and will recompense evil.
Lesson 13: May 24, 2020
Repent of Injustice
Society often ignores and even condones the oppression of the vulnerable. Will
righteousness be rewarded, and will evil face retribution? Through the prophet
Jeremiah, God exhorts the people either to repent of injustice and deliver those who
are oppressed or to face destruction.
Lesson 14: May 31, 2020
Return to Love and Justice
Hosea 11:1–2, 7–10, 12:1–2, 6–14
People often equate prosperity with righteousness. Is prosperity the standard by
which people and society should be judged? Hosea reminds us that love and justice
are God’s standards.
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