an Unjust World
Our exploration of biblical images for justice in Part Two yields two dominant images. The first is the image of rescue/reticence that provides an invitation to resistance. The second is the image of rebuke/ requisition that demands redress. These images provide an important perspective on justice because they speak to the need for justice-making actions in a world of injustice. They offer pictures of such justicemaking actions on the part of oppressed and on the part of oppressors. Because of the history of injustice that dominates our world, biblical remembrance yields a different image of justice for the oppressed and for the oppressor.
But if our world is not to continue being divided into oppressed and oppressor, we need an image adequate for the “rainbow” of God's righteousness. We need an image of justice in the world that does not shrink from the realities of injustice, but does not take those realities as the final possibility. We need an image that captures both the joyous sense of release implied in liberation and also the sense of rectification of power balance implied in redress. We need an image for what justice looks like in a world full of injustice.
The jubilee year provides such an image:
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to