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The Lord our judge, lawgiver, king

August 7, 2016


Revised and re-posted is the following:

For the Verse of the Day for July 7, 2016 we look to Isaiah 33:22 (AMP):

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

Looking at this verse, we note special emphasis on three aspect of the Lord God Almighty, demonstrating three levels of authority in a personal way: 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:

25 Far be it from You to do [a]such a thing—to strike the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right [by executing just and righteous judgment]?”

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, in 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) at the end of his earthly life, Paul makes this declaration that is layered with hope:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 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.

The Law of the Lord is given that those who follow His commands would be blessed and prosper:

Psalm 119:1 (AMP)

How blessed and favored by God are those whose way is blameless [those with personal integrity, the upright, the guileless], who walk in the law [and who are guided by the precepts and revealed will] of the Lord.

 “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, says 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 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”:

In 1 Timothy 1:17 (KJV) we find  this blessing referring to the King:

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We conclude with a resounding rendition of this benediction: “Now unto the King Eternal” by Don Moen:

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

How long is eternity?

June 7, 2015

Psalm 90--2Modified and re-posted from last year, the Verse of the Day for June 7, 2015 is found in Psalm 90:2, 4 (KJV):

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Take a look at this rendering of Psalm 90:2,4 in the New Living Translation:

Before the mountains were born,
before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
from beginning to end, you are God.

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,
as brief as a few night hours.

Here we find verses that make known the magnitude of God. Indeed, the Scriptures speak of “the God eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, to whom is due glory and honor and majesty forever and ever.” Other passages reveal the magnitude of an eternal God who is great and greatly to be praised.

1 Peter 5:10 speaks of “the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus. . . .” and 1 Timothy 1:17 makes known this magnificent benediction:

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

In addition, Deuteronomy 33:27 makes a similar declaration about who God is and what He will do:

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

God is timeless. The above scriptures and others speak of eternity. As finite beings we have difficulty comprehending the infinite. I recall two analogies which help us to grasp to a degree eternity:

First of all, take a bucket, the size that you could handle, and use that bucket to remove water from all the seven seas or all the water that covers the earth. When you have completed the task that would mark the first day of eternity.

Another analogy asks that we imagine the Earth as a solid sphere of stainless steel. Every thousand years, a white dove takes a journey from the farthest side of the universe and flies to Earth and touches the planet with a brush of its wing, wearing away a microscopic amount of the planet. After a period of time the bird eventually wears away the whole earth. When this occurs, the first day of eternity will begin.

In addition, song writers attempt to express the eternal nature of God. The passage from Psalm 90 is the inspiration for one of the popular hymns by the great 18th Century hymn writer, Isaac Watts, “Even from everlasting, Thou art God.” The well-known hymn is offered in three different versions. The first is a “shape note anthem,” an example of “Sacred Harp singing” or “shape-note singing. Shape notes are a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. Harp singing or shape note singing dates back to the colonial period and continues to enjoy popularity in the rural South and elsewhere.

The second version is “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” comes from the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Singers

The third version is a contemporary rendering of “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” by Harvest Church.

Lord, help us to see to a greater degree, the magnitude of eternity.