11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” 14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
Exodus 2:11-15 (New International Version)
Seekers of Justice
What makes superheroes like Batman, Spider-Man, and Superman so popular? Their popularity is based on their endless pursuit of justice. When the police and the law fail to administer justice, these heroes go and get it served, no matter what it takes. What is justice and why is it so important to us?
A World of Injustice
Justice is the genuine respect to the rights of all people, regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity. Unfortunately, we live in a world that’s full of injustice, ranging from exploitation of children to persecutions of ethnic groups. When we see such things, we demand that justice be served at once. However, when we see our calls for justice ignored, a deep righteous anger consumes us and we feel compelled to do something about it. That was what consumed Moses in Exodus 2.
Moses’s Pursuit of Justice
When Moses saw the injustice placed upon his people by the Egyptians, he knew that something had to be done. When he saw an Egyptian beating on a fellow Israelite, Moses decided to go and administer his brand of justice and killed the Egyptian. When Moses did this, you would think his people would recognize that he was trying to help. However, his own people rejected his help and got him in trouble with the king of Egypt, which caused Moses to flee into exile.
God Pursues Justice
Was Moses wrong for trying to seek justice for his people? Of course not. As a believer of God, he understood that the Lord desires justice and respect for all His people. Why does the Lord care about it so much? To disrespect people’s rights is displeasing in the eyes of the Almighty. That is because we are made in His image, and to disrespect others is to disrespect Him.
Seeking Godly Counsel
Moses saw the disrespect of his people’s rights and decided to do something about it. However, what Moses failed to realize was that even though his reasons were justified, his timing was off. When seeking justice, it’s important to seek the counsel of the Lord before going forth.
Only the Lord has the means to administer justice. When we try to make the wrong things right, it always ends badly. That is because our brand of justice is tainted by our own sins, and when it is administered, it falls short of what we aimed to do in the first place.
However, waiting on the Lord to administer His justice can be a tedious process. That’s because we see the injustice right in front of us and we fear that if we wait too long, more damage will take place. However, the Bible has shown time and time again, when we place matters of God into our own hands, it always ends badly; just ask Moses what happened to him.
Seeking Godly Justice
In the Bible, the Lord says, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay it.” When we see injustice, we need to pray diligently that the Almighty would put a stop to it. When He delays in doing so, we must trust that the Lord knows what He is doing.
The Lord’s vision of the situation is greater than ours and we must accept that He knows the proper time and place to serve justice. Who knows, He might even call us to be His instruments of justice. If and when that day comes, we must keep our hearts and minds open to the Lord’s command, for true justice is found in the Lord’s will. Therefore, seek God’s brand of justice.