Tag: 2nd Chronicles 17-20

Godly judges are important!

Scripture reading for April 28th: 2nd Chronicles 17-20

A dangerous trend in our own land is the appointment of judges who do not render decisions based on the law, but try to legislate from the bench.  They feel that they can tailor the laws of the land rather than just interpreting the laws according to their original intent.   Every government needs a moral base of law to define clearly what is right and wrong.

King Jehoshaphat decided to bring reform to the people he served.  He appointed judges in each of the fortified cities and gave them strict instructions about how to serve the Lord and His people.  He told them that each decision should be rendered as from the Lord and that the fear of the Lord should be upon them. (2nd Chronicles 19:5-7)  There should be no injustice, partiality, or bribery, for God is righteous!

In Jerusalem Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites to administer the Law of the Lord.  He gave them strict orders to uphold the Law of the Lord and to warn the people not to sin against the Lord or his wrath would come upon them.  (2nd Chronicles 19:9-10)  They were to act with courage and God would be with them and reward them.

God Himself places all authority in position.  (Psalm 75:6-7)  When those in authority violate His laws, consequences follow that bring God’s wrath and judgment.  Unrighteous judges have reinterpreted the laws of our land seeking to remove God and His law from the land.  We are in danger of God’s wrath and are already experiencing it.

Take time today to pray for those in authority.  Pray that they will appoint judges who will impartially interpret the laws.  Pray that there will be no bribery, injustice, or partiality.  Vote for godly leaders.  Call elected officials and make  your godly beliefs known.  Teach your children God’s Word and law so that they know what He expects!  If we don’t pray and take action, we will be overwhelmed with ungodly laws, unrighteous judges, and God’s wrath!

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The Importance of Godly Judges!

Scripture reading for April 27th: 2nd Chronicles 17-20

A dangerous trend in our own land is the appointment of judges who do not just render decisions based on the law, but bend the law to suit the people.   Every government needs a moral base for their law.  God’s law is the best definition of right and wrong that was ever written down and it cannot be changed!  When judges change the laws to suit people’s desires, trouble results in the land and with the people!

In today’s reading, King Jehoshaphat had narrowly escaped death when he unwisely allied himself with King Ahab of Israel.  When he cried out to the Lord, God spared his life.  King Jehoshaphat decided to bring more reform to the people he served.  He appointed judges in each of the fortified cities and gave them strict instructions about how to serve the Lord and His people.  He told them that each decision should be rendered as from the Lord and that the fear of the Lord should be upon them. (2nd Chronicles 19:5-7)   He gave them strict orders to uphold the Law of the Lord and to warn the people not to sin against the Lord or his wrath would come upon them.  (2nd Chronicles 19:9-10)  As they ruled justly,  God would be with them and reward them.

God Himself places all authority.  (Psalm 75:6-7)   God is pleased when that authority rules and enforces His laws.  When the authority violates His laws, consequences follow that bring God’s wrath and judgment.  Our nation is in peril today because of violating God’s laws.  Unrighteous judges have reinterpreted the laws of our land and  removed God and His law.

We as a nation need to take warning from God’s Word about judges and law.  Pray that those in authority will appoint judges who will impartially interpret the laws.  Pray that there will be no bribery, injustice, or partiality.  After you pray, think about ways God gives you to make a difference.  Vote for godly leaders.  Call elected officials and make  your godly beliefs known.  Teach your children God’s Word and law so that they know what He expects!  Discuss with them where our nation violates God’s law so that they can be informed with a Christian world view.  If we don’t pray and take action, we will be overwhelmed with ungodly laws, unrighteous judges, and God’s wrath!

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The Word and Justice

Scripture reading for April 28th: 2nd Chronicles 17-20

Jehoshaphat was a good king who sought the Lord for most of his life.  God’s eyes are always watching for those whose hearts are sold out to Him and Jehoshaphat evidently learned to seek the Lord’s favor from his father Asa.  (2nd Chronicles 16:9)

Jehoshaphat did several things that helped bring the Lord’s favor.  In the third year of his reign, he sent out a teaching team of priests and Levites to all the towns of Judah.  These men taught the Law of the Lord to the people of Judah.  When God’s word is taught, it brings faith and a healthy fear of the Lord that brings God’s blessing.  We note that this ‘fear of the Lord’ fell upon the surrounding kingdoms as well and brought a season of peace and prosperity during Jehoshaphat’s reign.    (2nd Chronicles 17:10)

Jehoshaphat also appointed judges, giving them strict instructions to judge fairly and impartially.  He understood that the Lord was the ultimate judge of all, including these judges.  (2nd Chronicles 19:5-7)  They would have to answer to Him for their decisions.  When the judges ruled impartially and swiftly gave out righteous judgments,  order was maintained and a healthy respect for God and His law resulted.  When judges took bribes and perverted justice, there would be discontent and dire consequences would follow.

When we look at our country today, we see the results of the failure of our church and government leadership in both of these areas.  When church leaders fail to preach God’s word and teach truth, there is disorder in the church and community.  God’s law is neglected and trouble results.  When we have judges who pervert justice and do not operate in the fear of the Lord, we have partiality, bribery, and the perversion of God’s laws.  This brings disorder and God’s judgment on judges and the people.  We must take heed to these truths when we vote and consider those who will serve us in the church and the government!

A final word of encouragement from King Jehoshaphat speaks to us today.  “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem!  Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.” (2nd Chronicles 20:20)  The word of God brings faith in the Lord!  Godly prophets speak only the word of the Lord!  Listen closely and be blessed!

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The importance of Godly Judges!

Scripture reading for April 28: 2nd Chronicles 17-20

A dangerous trend in our own land is the appointment of judges who do not just render decisions based on the law, but try to legislate from the bench.  They feel that they can help tailor the laws of the land to meet the needs of more people rather than just interpreting the laws according to their original intent.   Every government needs a moral base of what is right and what is wrong.  God’s law has proven to be the best definition of right and wrong that was ever written down!

In today’s reading, King Jehoshaphat had narrowly escaped death when he unwisely allied himself with King Ahab of Israel.  When he cried out to the Lord, God spared his life.  King Jehoshaphat decided to bring more reform to the people he served.  He appointed judges in each of the fortified cities and gave them strict instructions about how to serve the Lord and His people.  He told them that each decision should be rendered as from the Lord and that the fear of the Lord should be upon them. (2nd Chronicles 19:5-7)  There should be no injustice, partiality, or bribery, for God is righteous!

In Jerusalem Jehoshaphat appointed some of the Levites to administer the Law of the Lord.  He gave them strict orders to uphold the Law of the Lord and to warn the people not to sin against the Lord or his wrath would come upon them.  (2nd Chronicles 19:9-10)  They were to act with courage and if they did well, God would be with them and reward them.

God Himself places all authority.  (Psalm 75:6-7)   God is pleased when that authority rules and enforces His laws.  When the authority violates His laws, consequences follow that bring God’s wrath and judgment.  Our nation is in peril today because of violating God’s laws.  Unrighteous judges have reinterpreted the laws of our land to remove God and His law from the land.  Every time a judge rules, he is ruling for God.  God does not want to be misrepresented!  We as a nation need to take warning from God’s Word about judges and law.  We are in danger of God’s wrath and are already experiencing it.

Take time today to pray for those in authority.  Pray that they will appoint judges who will impartially interpret the laws.  Pray that there will be no bribery, injustice, or partiality.  After you pray, think about ways God gives you to make a difference.  Vote for godly leaders.  Call elected officials and make  your godly beliefs known.  Teach your children God’s Word and law so that they know what He expects!  Discuss with them where our nation violates God’s law so that they can be informed with a Christian world view.  If we don’t pray and take action, we will be overwhelmed with ungodly laws, unrighteous judges, and God’s wrath!

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