Judges; July 15, 2019

2 Chronicles 19:7 “Now let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery.”

It strikes me that this chapter would make good reading for the judiciary of any country! As it stands now, outright bribery isn’t at all unusual in many countries, but even in countries where that isn’t the case, partiality/favoritism is a major issue. Even in America, that was built on a solid foundation of the constitution and laws, far too many judges rule on the basis of how they think things should be, instead of on what the law says. Frankly, such judges show very little fear of the Lord. They, including the justices of the Supreme Court, will eventually have to stand before the Highest Court of all and have to answer for everything, (1 Peter 4:5) and none of their excuses will hold water. In the meantime, their rulings can cause problems for many. It is no accident that the 10 Commandments are the foundation of Western jurisprudence, but it is also no accident that many people are even violently opposed to their being displayed. The devil doesn’t like laws and rulings that are founded on the fear of the Lord!

My only experiences of being in court were when I was working as an interpreter during a brief stint in the Seattle area while our younger daughter was getting settled in college, and that was just traffic court for Japanese exchange students who had gotten caught in minor infractions. Even so, I remember one young man who was hit with a charge that at the time, I felt a Caucasian would have gotten no more than a warning at most. Favoritism is unfortunately an issue. On a more personal level, as a pastor and as a school teacher I have had to render judgments many times, and sometimes the consequences were great for the one being judged. I too must root all of my decisions in the Lord and His Word, whether the issue at hand seems to be directly connected to that or not. I’ve got to remember God’s righteousness and holiness as well as His grace and love, and interact with people accordingly.

Father, this is a difficult issue for every one of Your children. Only You can enable us to evaluate accurately without being judgmental. Help me love everyone unconditionally, forgiving without excusing, so that Your name may be acknowledged as holy and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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