Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Yahweh, Day 21

Day 21 Yahweh ... and Judgment

Hoards of contemporary theologians miss the major biblical application of Yahweh's judgment ... therefore the Church often suffers in theological ignorance.  Here on day 21, the conclusion of the third week of seven days, let's pay attention to the way judgment is used in our verse, and for what purpose judgment is used.

Exodus 6:6 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
"I am Yahweh, and I will deliver you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and free you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment."

Typically, when most consider the "judgment" of God, the immediate picture that comes to minds is that of an earthly judge pronouncing a just sentence with the crack of the gavel on the judges' bench ... the pronouncement of judgment ... followed by the appropriate sentence.  "I, Judge So-and-So, do hereby find you to be guilty of said crime ... and I do hereby sentence you to serve 500 years of hard labor!"

That only problem with this picture is that IT IS NOT the major sense of God's judgment in sacred scripture.  The major presentation of Yahweh's Judgment is God moving on behalf of, and in defense of, the weak, abused, neglected, defenseless, and down-trodden in society. As Yahweh states in Isaiah 45:21,
"There is no other God but Me, a righteous God and Savior." (HCSB)

Yahweh is "Righteous" (just) but Yahweh is also a "Savior." Yahweh is going to move to release Israel from Egyptian bondage, this is the Justice of God at work, setting the captives free.  As well today, Yahweh is concerned about the "least of these" because of this very foundational understanding of His character.

There are broad applications with this truth, many are heart rending when considering the abuse of the very ones that Yahweh intends to protect ... intends for us to protect ... and they receive from us instead of God’s protection and deliverance … the tail of a scorpion.

Intercessory Prayer: Oh Father!  We have far too often placed ourselves as judge on the judgment seat, instead of taking up the armor of the deliverer!  When we have done so we have misrepresented You to our world.  Oh God!  Forgive.  Oh God!  Have mercy on us and teach us Your ways, for the honor of Your Name.  Please forgive, in Jesus Name.



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