Lord, Thank you for Justice! Thank you for the freedom of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda’s child. May their courage give hope to others. Comfort women and children around the world held in captivity. Deliver them from bondage and set them free! Thank you for the wisdom of Judge Russo and a sentence to keep our community safe from Ariel Castro. Thank you for everyone who worked with Mr. Castro and for his plea – sparing his victims from the pain of testifying in court . During his prison term help him to understand the full impact of his sins upon the victims, their families, his family and our community. Thank you Lord Jesus for justice and mercy. Amen!
Exodus 23 (NIV) Laws of Justice and Mercy
23 “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.
2 “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favoritism to a poor person in a lawsuit.
4 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.
6 “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.
8 “Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent.
9 “Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, because you were foreigners in Egypt.