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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

An Impartial and Righteous Judge (Isaiah 11:3b-4a)

"He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth."

The nation watched and the newspapers reported the confirmation process of the Supreme Court candidate Sonia Sotomayor, "Senators will sit in judgment of Sonia Sotomayor this week, cross-examining witnesses and presenting evidence to determine if she has what it takes to be a justice on the Supreme Court."

Really, the Supreme Court is more powerful than the president of the United States because they are appointed for life and they determine the nation's adherence to the Constitution. Some judges today are called "activist judges" because they introduce their personal agendas into their decision making. They re-interpret the Constitution to make it say what they want it to say, in order to promote their personal opinion or agenda instead of ensuring justice for all. 

Isaiah looks to the day when the Impartial and Righteous Judge will hold His court. The poor and the needy will have their Advocate on that day. He will judge righteously. He can't be bought or bribed. He alone, who sees and knows all sides, will judge fairly. He is an activist judge in that His only agenda is to ensure that righteousness reigns and the Heavenly Father is glorified.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Isaiah 10:5-12:6
  • Why does the Lord punish Assyria for its actions against Israel?
  • What does God's using Assyria to judge Israel teach you about God?
  • What does Israel learn about God through the Assyrians?
  • Chapter eleven describes the Branch, David's descendant. How does he differ from past kings?
  • Describe the character and work of the Branch.
  • What will Israel experience under His reign?
  • What will characterize the people of Zion when the Messiah reigns?
Isaiah 28:1-29
  • What has drunkenness done to the priests and prophets?
  • Twice in the beginning of this chapter Isaiah refers to Israel as "a fading flower." What has brought about Israel's decline?
  • What other analogies does Isaiah use to describe Israel's condition?
  • What message does this passage end with that gives hope?
Turning truth into prayer
Pray for our Supreme Court judges. Pray that righteousness will again prevail in our country.