March 3: Righteousness

Many Jewish people (and Gentiles) reject God because they believe He is not fair. But they are judging Him by their personal standards.  God’s forgiveness is not based on a person’s “good heart” or attempts at “good works.”  God’s standards are based on His holiness and His justice which demand atonement.

Therefore from the beginning of recorded history He gave Adam His standards – His rules and the consequences of disobedience.

But He did more than just warn; He provided a way of forgiveness.

From the beginning, the way of forgiveness was by grace through faith in the sacrificial blood of the atonement. Ezekiel’s prophesy continues.

Ezekiel 33:17-20

 “Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair!  When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it.  But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it.  Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’

 “O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”


Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds (b. 1919) of Knoxville, Tennessee, served in the US Army during World War II. He participated in the landing of the American forces in Europe and was taken prisoner by the Germans. Together with other American POWs, including Jews, he was taken to Stalag IXA, a camp near Ziegenhain, Germany.
Sometime in January 1945 the Germans announced that all Jewish POWs in Stalag IXA were to report the following morning. Master Sergeant Edmonds, who was in charge of the prisoners, ordered all POWs—Jews and non-Jews alike—to stand together. When the German officer in charge saw that all the camp’s inmates were standing in front of their barracks, he turned to Edmonds and said, “They cannot all be Jews.” To this Edmonds replied, “We are all Jews.” The German took out his pistol and threatened Edmonds, but the Master Sergeant did not waver and retorted, “According the Geneva Convention, we have to give only our name, rank, and serial number. If you shoot me, you will have to shoot all of us, and after the war you will be tried for war crimes.” The German gave up, turned around, and left the scene.

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