Justice: Righteousness or Fairness
Justice, in its Semitic view, is the conformity to a system of rules, laws, and fairness the world follows to distinguish what is morally right and wrong. However, to follow through with God’s justice is to seek righteousness in his eyes and please Him. With the example of Jacob and Esau, there is a strong sense of justice pertaining to what God sees as righteous and to whom he seeks favor in. As they pertain to issues that are vital to our understanding of god and other subjects like justice and fairness, we need to understand what justice is and what mercy is in order to fully open our eyes to the strong sense of justice within the book of Genesis. Because God is filled with tremendous torment of those who go against his will and sin, God’s justice is present to set the notion as examples of disciplinary punishment.
The story of Esau and Jacob provides the Biblical example of God’s justice through punishment. Before birth, the two fought it out within the mother’s womb. With the mother’s plea the Lord answered, “Two nations are in your womb, two separate peoples shall issue from your body; one people shall be mightier than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23) Returning from his hunt, Esau sought to fulfill his physical desires. Jacob takes this opportunity to offer stew in exchange for Esau’s birthright, which is the special endowed honor that gave him the right to a double portion of his father’s inheritance, leadership in the family, and the title to the blessing promised to Abraham. By relinquishing his birthright, Esau displeased God by selling his birthright thoughtlessly by trading eternal blessings for momentary pleasures. God’s justice through disciplinary punishment clearly shows the strong sense of justice ultimately being served through not only the story of Esau and Jacob, but in other stories as well. Genesis defines justice as punishment for those who don’t seek...