One of the rock solid, dependable characteristics of God for which we can take comfort is His immutability. He cannot lie or become capricious.
We must turn from our own gossamer righteousness to God's solid righteousness, accepting a higher standard than the rest of society.
We must be careful when we ask for justice, for our request might come back to bite us. Those begging for justice will indeed get what they ask for.
Our carnal natures must be displaced by God's Holy Spirit, motivating us to refrain from causing offense, but freely forgiving others as God has forgiven us.
The favorite-son status of Israel was conditioned on accepting the terms of the covenant with God. Israel, then and now, has placed her trust in material things.