by Pastor Mark Jordan
The Lord is our judge; the Lord is our leader; the Lord is our king — he will deliver us. (Isaiah 33:22, CEB)
I suppose you’ve heard the phrase, “judge, jury, and executioner.” That is used to describe someone who is trying to take on every role for him or herself, not paying attention to the established boundaries and parameters. This is even evidenced in how America’s founders established the three branches of government in the Constitution: the congressional, judicial, and executive branches. The idea of checks and balances was that each branch would jealously guard its own power against the others to prevent chaos.
The heart and soul of American’s constitutional government is rooted in our Judeo-Christian faith, and even the branches of government are seen in today’s verse. As Isaiah wrote, we believe that God is the only one able to fill all these roles. Isaiah’s writing is actually a prophecy for the Messiah to come and establish a truly just rule, guided by grace and mercy.
We still wait for Jesus’ return and the establishment of God’s reign, just as they did in Isaiah’s time. Remember what Isaiah wrote in 9:6-7, which is frequently referenced near Christmas: “A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be vast authority and endless peace for David’s throne and for his kingdom, establishing and sustaining it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The zeal of the Lord of heavenly forces will do this (CEB).” Until then, may we do our part, and trust God who made the law of grace, judges justly based on that law, and executes it perfectly for all!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. Forgive me the times I try to do your job for you, or question the way you do it. Help me learn your law of love, grace, and mercy so I may live into it with everyone you’ve given me to do life with. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.