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The Righteous Judge (Psalm 7: 11)

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The Righteous Judge (Psalm 7: 11). In (Psalm 7:11-12), David writes, “God is a righteous Judge, yes, a God Who is indignant every day. If a man does not turn and repent (God) will whet His sword: He has strung and bent His (Huge) bow and made it ready (by treading it with His foot).” (Amplified Translation)

In (Isaiah 33:22), we read, “For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.”

In (Acts 17: 30b-31), Paul writes, “… But now He charges all people everywhere to repent (to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence for their past sins), Because He has fixed a day when He will judge the world righteously (justly) by a Man Whom He has destined and appointed for that task (Jesus), and He has made this credible and given conviction and assurance and evidence to everyone by raising Him (Jesus) from the dead.”

(Psalm 9: 7-8) says, “But the Lord shall remain and continue forever; He has prepared and established His throne for judgement. And He will judge the world in righteousness (rightness and equity); He will minister justice to the people in uprightness.

In Psalm 96: 12-13, we read, :Let the field be exultant, and all that is in it! Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy before the Lord. For he comes, for He comes to judge and govern the earth! He shall judge the world with righteousness and justice and the people with His faithfulness and truth…” And this theme is repeated in Psalm 98: 8-9

And James 4:12 says, “The only (God) is the Lawgiver and Judge Who is able to save and to destroy (the One Who has absolute power of life and death). (But you) who are you that (you presume to ) pass judgement on your neighbor?”

The word translated “righteous” in Psalm 7 is “tsaddiyq” which means “just, lawful, righteous”. Although a different root word, it sounds similar to “Jehovah Tsidkenu – the Lord our Righteousness –  see Day Ten of this study).

The word translated “judge” in the Old Testament passages above is “shaphat”, whose meaning includes to judge, i.e. pronounce sentence (for or against); to vindicate or punish, to govern; avenge. (Source : BlueLetterBible.org)

Throughout Scripture, we see God as the righteous Judge. Of course, this is one attribute no one likes to talk about. Or, if we do talk about it, we imagine God will judge others based on our standards- not that He will Judge us based on His.

God’s judgement is promised – but it’s not arbitrary. He clearly outlines in Scripture His standards of righteousness. The foundation of those standards is the Ten Commandments, the foremost of those being “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37-39)

Ah, but what does it mean to love the Lord? Jesus tells us in John 14: 15 and John 14:23 “If you (really) love Me, you will keep (Obey) My commands.”

Love is not simply saying “I Love the Lord.” It is obeying Him.

But here is the problem: who can obey God’s standards? For example, if we look at 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10, it looks like we’re all a hopeless case: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Sheesh – who among us has not been greedy? Who among us has not acted out of lust? Who among us has not swindled another? Who among us has not been sexually unbridled? We might as well just hang it all up now – we’ve already missed the mark of God’s standards.

But the beauty comes in the next verse, which has six of my favorite words in Scripture: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

“And such some of you were” – These words speak to God’s mercy, which triumphs over judgement (James 2:13).

The judgement waiting for us was directed at Jesus when He died on the cross for our sins, That’s why Romans 8: 1-2 says. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

If we’re honest, we crave God’s judgement on what we believe is evil, yet we still want to write our own rules for ourselves. But that’s a luxury we don’t get. The question before us is whether we will accept God’s offer of salvation and forgiveness through Jesus, turn from following our own ways to follow Him, and stand justified before God through Christ’s sacrifice, which can rescue us from the eternal consequences of our sin and instead gives us eternal hope in Jesus.

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