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Unjust Judges

The Temple Priests’ Psalm for Tuesdays

Psalm 82: Unjust Judges

1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

The Psalmist called on God to judge the earth (verse 8). The “gods” have been identified variously as angels, idols, and corrupt human judges (verses 1,6). These unjust judges received God’s condemnation for showing partiality to the wicked and failing to see that justice was extended to the helpless in society. So we see that the problem of unjust judges is nothing new, perhaps just more rampant in this day and age. We ought always to pray for God’s divine intervention.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – Psalm 82

Verses 1-5 Magistrates are the mighty in authority for the public good. Magistrates are the ministers of God’s providence, for keeping up order and peace, and particularly in punishing evil-doers, and protecting those that do well. Good princes and good judges, who mean well, are under Divine direction; and bad ones, who mean ill, are under Divine restraint. The authority of God is to be submitted to, in those governors whom his providence places over us. But when justice is turned from what is right, no good can be expected. The evil actions of public persons are public mischiefs.

Verses 6-8 It is hard for men to have honour put upon them, and not to be proud of it. But all the rulers of the earth shall die, and all their honour shall be laid in the dust. God governs the world. There is a righteous God to whom we may go, and on whom we may depend. This also has respect to the kingdom of the Messiah. Considering the state of affairs in the world, we have need to pray that the Lord Jesus would speedily rule over all nations, in truth, righteousness, and peace.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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“Every Man, Woman, and Child!”

Today’s devotional is one that speaks truth about our world today. Thank you man of God, Dr. Tim Green-Revival in Our Time, for speaking God-breathed truth. I pray that today’s itching ears have not become deaf to it.

I am so thankful for God’s hand in leading my family and I to Pastor Brockman, also a true Man of God who is not afraid to speak from God’s Word on our sinful natures and our need for Jesus Christ as the only Saviour, as well as the great love God has for mankind. True men of God who do stick to God’s standards are very hard to find these days. I am also very blessed to have a strong Godly man in my husband who leads our family according to God’s standards, not man’s.

Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

“These closing words of the Book of Judges are a sad epitaph of the spiritual condition in Israel at the time, but also a contemporary headline of America, our churches and many of God’s people. It is fair to say that no man did that which was right in God’s eyes, if every man was doing his “own thing!” This contemptible commentary is being lived out in men’s lives, even by those who call themselves–Christians!

The problem arose partially due to the fact that there was no leadership; no king on the throne to guide and direct the people. Our problem today is that most folk will not recognize that the Lord should be the KING sitting on the throne of the heart. We have usurped His authority or just failed to realize, revere or respect His eternal right to rule over the affairs of our lives. We cry like the rabble in the story of the nobleman, “…We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14)

This problem is emphasized in our churches when pastors bow to the laity; it is exaggerated in our homes when wives are un-submissive, husbands unloving, and children are disobedient; and it is excused in our lives when we fail to yield to the One who bought and paid for us with His own life’s blood on Calvary. (Emphasis mine.)

May God help every one of us to endeavor to only do that which is right in the eyes of the God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ.”

   

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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