God’s Justice and Holiness
The theme of divine justice and holiness can be seen everywhere we go. We can see them in our culture today, in the Bible, and in the book, The Nine Tailors. Divine justice and holiness are traced back to the Lord, and we must strive to be like Him in everything we do.
When thinking about our culture today, divine justice and holiness are not the first things that come to mind. We live in a sinful and conceited world. Because of this, it is difficult for us to see the Lord in our culture today. Divine justice and holiness are only from the Lord; therefore, without Him, we cannot have these things in our lives. People in our culture seem to live without a care in the world. An example of this is abortion. Many people in our society do not realize, or care, that abortion is the killing of an innocent child. We need to care that God is going to judge us with His divine justice. We need to try to live up to the holiness that is the Lord. Of course we cannot do this, but we must try. The Lord has commanded Christians to be set apart and holy. We, sadly, do not see this in today’s culture. People who understand the Lord’s divine justice and holiness are not easily found in today’s culture. We, as Christians, must strive to change this.
The Bible talks about divine justice and holiness many times. Psalm 33:5 (NIV) says, “The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.” This tells us that the Lord wants to be just with us. Of course, it pains Him to punish us, but He knows what is best. This is how we know that He loves us. Psalm 106:3 tells us that the Lord blesses those who do what is right. “Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.” (NIV) Also, 1 Peter 1:14-16 states, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (ESV) The Lord is calling us to live a holy life. We are supposed to imitate Christ, and He will judge our lives accordingly. The Lord is the only one who is truly holy, and we are to follow Him. This is what the Bible says about divine justice and holiness.
In the book The Nine Tailors, we find the theme of divine justice and holiness. This book is a mystery that “is just a complicated crossword puzzle.” (Sumpter 318) I think the way the criminal, Deacon, is punished is an excellent example of divine justice. Deacon was a thief and a liar, among many other things. He stole the emeralds and ran away with them. Even though he got away with committing this crime initially, he later received divine judgment when he was killed by the bells. This shows us God’s divine justice because if we do not accept the Lord into our lives, we will have to go through judgment without the Lord on our side. This means that we will be punished and not have eternal life. If we live a life of sin and do not repent to Lord and ask for forgiveness, we cannot be with Him in the end. In this book, we also see the theme of holiness. The characters in the story that are walking with the Lord are saved from the flood. We also see in the book an example of a lack of holiness. Those who were not walking right with the Lord, for example Deacon and Cranton, were not comfortable around the bells. This could be seen like a conscience. The bell ringers were comfortable with the Lord because they “follow righteousness” (Sayers 240).When we are not living a holy life, the Lord speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. The Lord is holy and we can only be with Him if we have his pure and holy Son living in us. These are examples of how we can see the theme of divine justice and holiness in The Nine Tailors.
We can see the themes of holiness and divine justice in the book, The Nine Tailors, in our culture today, and in the Bible. If we have an understanding of divine justice and holiness, it should affect the way we live our lives, making us desire to be holy and righteous.
ESV Study Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008. Print.
New International Version. Michigan: Zondervan, 1984. Print.
Sayers, Dorothy L. The Nine Tailors. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989. Print.
Sumpter, Toby. Omnibus II: Church Fathers through the Reformation. Lancaster, Penn.: Veritas, 2005. 318. Print.