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3GT Episode 308: The God of Justice

Of all the episodes that the prosecuting attorney would miss, it should not have been this one! Yet so it was, as the parishioner was on spring break when the pastor and professor were finally able to record again. For the topic they chose to discuss was that of God and His justice.

In the first part of this episode, Kyle and Barry look Biblically at the concept of justice. Too often, people portray justice as counter-opposed to mercy and, further still, even the lack of mercy. Yet as they theologize, the two of the 3GTers help hearers understand that the God of mercy cannot be truly known and loved unless He is also seen as the God of justice. For the cross of Jesus Christ reveals the wondrous truth of how "righteousness and peace kiss each other" (Ps. 85:10).

From there, they apply this doctrine very practically. For Barry has just returned from an Indiana courtroom, where the man who shot his son-in-law and altered greatly his family's life was sentenced. As he recounts the incredible events of that day, we are once again reminded that the answer to the question "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?" (Gen. 18:25) is a resounding "Yes and Amen!"

The pastor and professor hope that not only will the parishioner/prosecuting attorney tunes into this episode. They hope many faithful listeners of 3GT will also listen and declare with the psalmist about Christ, "He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord" (Ps. 33:5).