Saturday, January 23, 2021
Text: Deuteronomy 17: 1-20
Theme: God of Justice
There is no gainsaying the fact that our God is a God of justice. The foundation of his throne is firmly established on truth and justice. He is impeccable and implacable. No wonder his judgement over Satan will stand forever because he doesn’t make mistake in judgement. David says of him in psalms 51:4b “that you may be found just when You speak and blameless when you judge”. He is also the only rightful judge of every matter because he alone knows every secret and intents of the hearts of any man. His omniscient nature grants him the prerogative position as the judge of the whole earth. ‘Yes Lord you alone are worthy to sit as judge over all the heavens and the Earth.
Today in this reading, he gives us a glimpse of how his judgement works. We are not to condemn a man without proof of evidence. This makes almost all of us guilty when we stand to judge others based on hearsay or precedence (vv 4-6). Perversion of justice is a great abomination. We must beware of contributing in any way to someone suffering unjustly. If our jobs involve matters of justice, we must place God before our eyes, with our service to him as our primary assignment. This we must do as much as is within our power. God knows where our capabilities end based on the current ruling of evil in the society. Yet he will not exempt us if we turn a blind eye when we can do something to help foster justice.
“Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the lord your God or the judge, that man shall die…”(vs 12). This is a grave warning to all who have become too familiar with their pastors that all they now have is contempt for him. Please note that he is contemptible to you does not change the fact that God placed him over you spiritually. If you are found guilty of wrong doing in your local church, receive the discipline in good faith. God will bless you. Do not leave the church and do not begin to challenge the pastor; God’s verdict will destroy your life sooner or later. May God help us to imbibe these teachings today in Jesus name. Amen!