Our judge, our lawgiver, our king

Isaiah-33-22Today, August 7, 2015, we look to Isaiah 33:22 (NLT) to find the Verse of the Day:

For the Lord is our judge, our lawgiver, and our king. He will care for us and save us.

Looking at the verse in the King James Version, we note special emphasis on three aspects of the Lord God Almighty, demonstrating three levels of authority in a personal way:

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.

Here we recognize that the Lord is “our judge, our lawgiver, and our king,” representing the three branches of government—judicial, legislative, and executive–embodied in a single entity:

“Our judge”

Abraham makes reference to “the Judge of all the earth” in Genesis 18:25, and throughout the Old Testament, the Lord is described, not just as a judge, but He is a righteous judge, as Psalm 103:6 reminds us that “The Lord executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”

Psalm 9:8 further describes our judge:

And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

In the New Testament, we find that a new judge has been appointed:

Acts 10:42

And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead.

Finally, 2 Timothy 4:8 (NLT) offers another hopeful reminder:

And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

“Our lawgiver”

Not only is the Lord our judge, He is our lawgiver, one who draws up and enacts laws.

James 4:12 reveals:

There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

God is the ultimate lawgiver who has implemented all the laws of nature, such as “the law of gravity,” laws that relate to the moral and social behavior of humanity, along with all the other laws of the universe. Psalm 19: 7-10 also relates these truths regarding the law of the Lord:

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Esther Mui offers a musical rendition of Psalm 19:7-11:

“Our king”

The final attribute of God expressed metaphorically is that of the Lord, who is our king. Jeremiah 23:5 prophetically speaks of this king:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth

Isaiah 32:1 also further describes our king:

Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

As the ultimate authority: “our king”rules and reigns in righteousness; indeed, Romans 4:17 describes His kingdom in this way:

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Dr. S.M. Lockridge offers this stirring declaration entitled “That’s My King”:

How comforting to know that as believers, the Lord is our judge, our lawgiver and our king.

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