Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Faith and Judges (3)

Maybe judges and faith in God are all that we need?

Two types of civil authority are mentioned in the Old Testament: military leaders and judges (Deut 1:15). Military leaders are only needed when there is a threat of war, so theirs is not a permanent role. If the nation is loyal to God, they will not need an army.

Judges are the only permanent civil leaders that are needed.

For the LORD is our judge,
the LORD is our lawgiver,
the LORD is our king;
it is he who will save us (Is 33:22).
God revealed his law to us through Moses. The Ten Commandments and the associated case laws set out in the first five books of the Bible provide GodÂ’s standards for justice. Our challenge is to apply God's law to the modern world.

God's law will have to be interpreted. It will have to be applied to our modern situation. A rable of elected politicians will not have the skills to do this task. The best people to do this task will be wise and godly judges.

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